As the leaves begin to change color and the weather starts to get a little cooler, it’s time to start thinking about getting your HVAC system ready for fall and, yes, eventually – winter. There are a few things you can do yourself to make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly, but you may also need to call in a professional for help. Today we will outline a fall checklist for ensuring your HVAC system is ready for the colder months ahead!
First, take a look at your furnace and make sure it is clean and free of any debris or obstructions. If you have a gas furnace, you will also want to check the pilot light to make sure it is lit. Next, check your air filters and replace them if they are dirty. Dirty air filters can restrict airflow and cause your system to work harder than it needs to.
If you have a central air system, now is also a good time to clean your air ducts. Dust and debris can build up in your ductwork over time and this can lead to poor indoor air quality. This is especially important if you live in an older home with ductwork that may be full of dust and debris. A professional can clean your ducts and make sure they are free of any blockages that could restrict airflow. This will help improve airflow and ensure your system is running as efficiently as possible.
You will want to schedule a tune-up for your entire HVAC system with a professional, even if you’ve done all the DIY that you can already. This is important because an HVAC professional can help identify any potential problems with your system before they become major issues. A tune-up can also help improve the efficiency of your system, which can save you money on your energy bills.
Finally, be sure to check your insulation levels. If your home is not properly insulated, you may find that you are losing heat in the winter or cooling in the summer. Adding insulation to your home can help improve energy efficiency and save you money on your energy bills. While the initial cost of adding insulation may seem like a lot, it can actually pay for itself in the long run. Additionally, many states offer tax credits or other incentives for homeowners who add insulation to their homes.
Insulation is also a valuable investment because it helps keep your home comfortable year-round. In the winter, insulation helps keep warm air in your home, and in the summer it helps keep cool air in your home. This can help you save money on your energy bills and make your home more comfortable to live in.
The cooling weather of autumn brings many changes, not just in the leaves falling from the trees but also in our daily routines as we prepare for the colder months ahead. One important change to make sure you don’t forget is getting your HVAC system ready for fall and winter weather. By following the tips on this checklist, you can get your HVAC system ready for all kinds of weather and you can help ensure that the system is running smoothly and efficiently all year long. If you have any questions about your HVAC system or would like to schedule a tune-up, contact us today.