With fall comes harsher temperatures and high demands on your heating and cooling equipment around the house. To keep your equipment up and running smoothly you should be doing seasonal checks and maintenance in order to save you time and money and of course, a hassle. We’ve put together a small checklist of some of the top things you should be checking for or doing each fall or early winter so that you don’t fall behind on your home HVAC care. As a supplier of great American made quality supplies, we can help you with many of your HVAC needs from dampers and chimney caps to wall vents and more. Feel free to contact us today to place an order.
Inspect Indoor And Outdoor Units
You’ll want to take about 10 minutes out of your day and grab a flashlight and maybe a few screwdrivers and check out your indoor and outdoor hvac units. Even Though it’s fall, you’ll want to inspect your air conditioning unit. Now that it isn’t running anymore for the year, you may notice something that is out of place. Look around the units. Are there at least three feet of clearance on either side? How do the filters look? Are there puddles or water or unexpected leaks around your HVAC devices? Quickly look for things that may seem out of place or shouldn’t be there. A little prevention goes a long way.
This should be done at least every 60 to 90 days, but you can do it monthly if you’d like. Some severe allergy sufferers need just that. Inspect your filters and clean or replace them as necessary. If you use something like Google Calendar or Microsoft Office, you can set a recurring reminder for you to change your filters every 60 days or so. This will help you stay on top of it and keep your air quality much higher. While you’re there, you may also want to schedule a combustion efficiency test.
Check On Roof Vents And Chimney Caps
Time to safely head up on your roof! If you haven’t already cleaned out your gutters, then this is a good time to do so. Inspect all of your home’s vents and chimney flue openings. MAke sure there are no blockages, or damage to the appliances. Check out your shingles around each piece. Replace damaged shingles and you may have to use a calking gun to reseal the cap or vent to the roof while you’re at it. A home’s roof should be closely inspected for damage and leaks at least once a year anyway and this is a good time to do it.
Clean What You Can
Depending on how they look when you inspect them, you may want to clean your furnace’s heat exchanger, burners, or any other important component that needs semi-regular upkeep. Some filters can also be cleaned or at least vacuumed off for a temporary solution until a new filter can be found.
With a proper routine and a little bit of elbow grease, you can keep your home’s HVAC systems up and running properly for years to come. A well working system can save you money and most importantly, give you peace of mind.