With summer ending and the kids heading back to school, this is a great time to get your HVAC system ready for fall and winter. Doing so can help ensure that your system runs at maximum efficiency, which lowers your risk of needing repairs and reduces your energy bills. Use the following HVAC maintenance tips to keep your system in good shape.
Change Your HVAC Filter
Your HVAC filter is most likely covered in dust after running all summer long. This can make it harder for your system to heat or cool your home efficiently, and it can have a negative impact on your indoor air quality. Replace your current filter with a brand new one to boost your HVAC system’s efficiency and improve indoor air quality.
Clear Debris Away from the Outdoor Unit
Leaves, twigs and other debris can build up around your outside unit, which can cause your system to work harder to heat or cool your home. Weeds and other vegetation can also grow around this unit and have the same effect. Clear away any vegetation and other debris from around your outdoor unit to keep your system running efficiently and avoid putting too much stress on your condenser.
Check for Gaps Around Ductwork
Gaps and cracks can let air leak out of your ducts, which makes your HVAC system less efficient. Check your ducts for gaps, and seal them up to make sure your system can heat or cool your home efficiently all season long.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Having an HVAC technician perform seasonal maintenance on your system helps ensure that it’s in good condition for fall and winter. A technician can check for signs of damage, replace broken parts and clean off your system’s condenser fan. Technicians can also refill your system’s refrigerant if needed and clear the condensate drain, which can become clogged with mold and debris.
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