Summer and winter are the peak seasons for HVAC use, but fall is arguably the most important time of the year for your system. This transitional period is when it’s time for your HVAC unit to start switching gears from air conditioning to heating. It’s also a time when systems can use a little routine maintenance to help prepare for the changing seasons.
Below are five things you can do this fall to ready your HVAC system for the winter ahead.
1. Run the heat
You likely haven’t turned on the heat for several months, and you don’t want to wait until it’s already cold to make sure it still works properly. Go ahead and turn the heat on for a test run or two to make sure it’s working the way it should. If not, you’ll have time to call in a professional before you actually need to use it.
2. Change your filters
It’s recommended that you change your air filters at least every 90 days, and especially so during the change of season. A fresh filter in the fall will rid your system of pollen and other summertime allergens and give you a clean slate heading into the new season.
3. Remove debris
Your outside condenser unit tends to attract a lot of debris in the summer like grass clippings, pine needles and twigs. The fall season will bring leaves, so it’s wise to clear out any debris now to reduce the chances of a clog.
4. Check your thermostat settings
If you have a smart or programmable thermostat, fall is a good time to review your settings to make sure they are appropriate for the upcoming change in temperatures.
5. Schedule a professional tuneup
While there are some things you can do yourself, other maintenance tasks are best left to the experts. Having a professional perform a routine inspection and tuneup can help identify and address potential issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed and turned into something more serious in the colder months ahead.
Schedule Your Fall HVAC Maintenance
The team at Mansfield Sales & Service provides a fall service check that inspects key parts of your HVAC system, checks integral levels, cleans various components and more. If you’re in need of HVAC maintenance in Southport or within its surrounding communities, schedule your appointment with Mansfield Sales & Service today to stay warm this winter.