5 HVAC Maintenance Items for Changing Seasons
It’s officially fall! Which means it’s practically Halloween. Which means it’s almost Thanksgiving. So it’s basically Christmas. Okay I got a little ahead of myself… But the seasons are definitely changing, and that makes it the perfect time to check up on your HVAC system. Don’t worry. I’m not talking about anything major. Just a few things you can do to make sure everything is running smoothly before winter gets here. You’ll be back to carving pumpkins in no time.
Check the thermostat.
As the temperature begins to drop outside, make sure to adjust your thermostat accordingly. This will mean lower energy consumption and also lower energy costs. It also means less strain on your system, which will save you even more over time.
Change your air filter.
For most homes, it’s a good rule of thumb to replace your filter about once every three months. If you live in an area that gets four seasons, you can use the change of seasons to set your schedule. Easy reminder. Plus each new season means new allergens, so it’s a good time for a fresh filter anyway. This also helps to increase energy efficiency.
Clean around your outside unit.
Fall leaves, as well as any other type of debris, can build up around your HVAC unit. This can make it hard for the unit to pull in air. As you well know, the harder it works, the more it costs. So, starting now, it’s a good idea to go out every couple of weeks and clear the area around your unit. Pick up leaves and grass, remove any weeds that have attached themselves and trim back nearby bushes. While you’re out there, clean your condensing coil. Just a spray with the hose should clear it of most debris.
Unclog your condensate drain.
As with anything that comes into contact with water, your condensate drain can start to fill up with mold and algae over time, as well as other debris. It’s a good idea to flush it with a bleach and water mixture a couple of times a year to prevent clogs and clear anything that might be growing inside.
Seal your ducts.
A can of expanding foam can be used to seal any gaps or holes in your ductwork. This will keep the warm air in and moving to the rooms where you need it. Not only keeping you warm, but saving you money in the process.