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Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall Maintenance
And in the blink of an eye, we are staring down the final days of the summer season. The weather is going to go from the sweltering 90s to the cool and crisp 50s in no time.
While we transition almost seamlessly into the fall season, we have to keep in mind that our HVAC system is in need of a little TLC. With a few weeks in between the drop in temperatures, it is imperative for homeowners to get ahead of the game and start fall and winter maintenance for their HVAC systems.
Through some cautionary measures and routine preventative maintenance, homeowners can head into the winter months without having to worry about whether or not their HVAC system can make it through the season.
Start with the basics.
Check your air filters. Depending on how long it has been since you last replaced it, you will have to either clean or replace your air filters. While it may not seem like it, cleaning and replacing your system’s air filter is one of the easiest ways to ensure you get the most out of your HVAC system. Dirty filters restrict airflow and severely reduces the overall efficiency of your system.
Important to note is that an air filter should not be changed only when it’s dirty. In fact, air filters should be replaced every 90 days and checked on a monthly basis.
It may also serve you well to clean your vents at the same time you are replacing the filters. Clean vents coupled with a clean air filter will only serve to increase efficiency and eliminate dust and debris.
Check the Thermostat. When it gets cold, you will be rushing to the thermostat to get the heater going. The last thing you want is to find out your thermostat is not working for one reason or another while the temperature dips into the 50s.
Get a Professional HVAC Inspection. The above items are relatively easy cautionary measures homeowners can do on their own. This however, does not mean homeowners should forego getting their system checked by a professional contractor.
A professional contractor will be able to sus out any potential problems or issues and ensure your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible. An HVAC professional will check filters, electrical switches, contacts, belts, safety switches, refrigerant levels, motors, gas pressure, and safety switches.
HVAC systems should be inspected by a professional contractor at least twice a year.
Replace the HVAC System. This is the last thing any of us want to deal with, but it is important to consider the age of your HVAC system. After so many years, maintaining begins to feel like a temporary solution. It’s no longer preventative, but just putting a band aid on.
In some cases, it will be obvious that the entire system should be replaced, in others, a professional should be able to help you determine when to replace.
Maintenance Agreements. If you find the above fall/winter maintenance tips overwhelming, you may benefit from a maintenance agreement. You customize your agreement to fit your needs. You won’t have to think twice about your HVAC system if you’re getting regular checkups.
Humidifier Maintenance. Your humidifier may not immediately come to mind when you’re preparing for the cold temperatures, but maintenance is vital. Changing the pads and routinely cleaning and checking your humidifier will extend its lifespan and increase efficiency and comfort.
Ron’s Movie Trivia
Movie quote for the month.
When Ron is not Running around working, he is watching movies. It is his favorite way to relax. The first person to guess the name of the movie and the actor who uttered the line, wins a complimentary service check.
Go to the Running Right Facebook page to post your answer!
Name the movie and the actor who uttered the line
“I’m in a prayer group with the D.A., I’m a member of the NRA,
and I’m always packing”