Is Your HVAC System Ready for the Fall?
Fall starts this week, and before you know it, you will be trading in the AC for heat. Are you and your system ready?
Even though we may not want it to be true, autumn is here in Western New York and that doesn’t just mean pumpkin spiced everything, cornstalks on porches, and leaves changing colors; it means cooler weather. When it comes to your Hamburg HVAC, there are things you need to do every season to ensure it is in the best working condition possible; fall is no exception. As the chilly breezes set in, you need to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for the fall. Is it?
Is Your HVAC System Ready for the Fall?
Fall starts this week, and before you know it, you will be trading in the AC for heat (if you haven’t already). You will want to make sure that your HVAC unit is ready for the heat to kick on when you need it to. Getting your HVAC system ready for the fall isn’t much different than the other seasons; however, the changing seasons are always a good reminder for regular maintenance and upkeep.
Let’s review some things you should do make sure your HVAC system is ready for the autumn season.
– Replace Your Air Filter: You may have heard this from us a time or two, but changing your Western New York home’s air filter is important and imperative to getting your HVAC system ready for the fall and all year round. Air filters live up to their name. To put it simply, they filter your air. Air filters keep dust and pollen out and are also tasked with keeping larger particles and materials out of your HVAC system, in turn, saving your system from damage. Dirty, unchanged filters are a leading cause of issues with Hamburg, NY and Erie County HVAC systems. At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC we recommend changing your air filter at least once a month. There is no exact number of days in which you should change your filter, as each home is different and it depends on the strain you put on your filter, what particles are in the air, and also what type of filter you have.
– Inspect For Any Air Leaks: As the colder weather sets in, you will want to seal up your home as much as possible to ensure you can hold the warmth in, not only for you and your family’s comfort, but also to put less of a strain on your unit. If you have any leaks where air can get in or escape from in your ductwork, windows, doors, etc., your HVAC system can’t work efficiently. Checking for and sealing any leaks is a key step to getting your HVAC system ready for the fall.
– Check Your Thermostat: Your thermostat is one of the key components to your home’s HVAC system and can make all the difference between your Western New York home maintaining its comfort level or not. There are signs that it is time to your replace your thermostat, and checking for them before the cold weather sets in can help you avoid your HVAC system from malfunctioning, or not working at all. Regardless if you have a basic thermostat or a programmable thermostat, like all things, there could come a point where you need to make an upgrade. Also, fall is a great time to replace the batteries in your thermostat, if yours is battery operated.
– Protect Your HVAC System from Falling Leaves: Fall comes with some things that the other seasons typically don’t, and that’s falling leaves and other debris floating through the air. Like any debris that gets in your air conditioning condenser, leaves and fall foliage can cause issues to your system and you should protect your HVAC system from falling leaves. There are some things that you can do to prepare your unit for the months of falling leaves ahead and to try to keep your AC optimally functioning on those sometimes warm fall days. These include: maintaining your yard and keeping it leaf free, regularly inspecting the outdoor portion of your unit to make sure nothing got inside, and cleaning off any leaves or debris you see on the system.
– Annual Furnace Tune-up: If you really want to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the fall and ensure it is in the best condition possible for the colder weather ahead, you should have it inspected by a HVAC professional. There are benefits of an annual furnace inspection and tune-up, and it is not only that it helps you prevent unexpected breakdowns, it also boosts your heater’s energy efficiency. Furnace manufacturers all recommend annual inspections and maintenance by a qualified heating professional. Preventative HVAC maintenance can help you avoid future headaches and expenses. To learn more about all of the benefits of an annual furnace tune-up, check out this article.
As with all seasons of the year, you need to make sure that your HVAC system can tackle our ever changing weather and keep you and your family comfortable in your home. Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC can help.
A heating tune-up from our team will boost your heater’s energy-efficiency and help prevent costly breakdowns. Have one of our techs look at your furnace, boiler, or ductless HVAC system ahead of winter to ensure that it’s running at its best.