As fall descends and cooler temperatures set in, there are some HVAC maintenance steps everyone should take to ensure their systems stay safe and functional for the months ahead. If you’re new to homeownership, you may not even realize that an HVAC system requires a bit of routine upkeep. To help you prepare your system for the fall, here are a few HVAC maintenance tips specific to the season.
3 Pointers for Maintaining Your HVAC System This Fall
1. Inspect & Clean Out Vents
On the HVAC unit itself, check that it’s free of summer dirt and debris, and brush it off with a soft-bristled broom if needed. Make sure no leaves or other organic matter have gotten into the vents or coils. If you have a rooftop unit or vents, hire a professional for an inspection. Clear away any debris that may have accumulated in or around the unit or vents; this will ensure proper water drainage for the colder season.
2. Replace Air Filters
Purchase high-efficiency, pleated air filters, as these are most effective at helping keep your home comfortable and your utility costs manageable. The exact replacement process differs a bit from one HVAC system to the next, so be sure to check your owners manual. However, switching out the air filters on an annual basis is always a good move.
3. Test Out the Furnace
Turn the furnace on, and check the vents inside your home for warm air flowing freely and without issue. Also, be alert for any unusual sounds. A rattle could mean something has come loose in the unit; a clicking noise could mean a faulty relay system; a screech could mean a problem with the belt or motor bearings. If you hear anything odd or airflow out of the vents isn’t what it should be, contact an HVAC professional.
The HVAC maintenance experts at Jon’s Plumbing & Heating will handle all of the above tasks and more when getting your system ready for the fall. Since 1998, they have been providing homeowners throughout Knox County, OH, with all aspects of HVAC service. Call (740) 392-5667 to schedule an inspection, or visit them online to learn more about their services.