Your HVAC system might be durable, but season changes can cause problems. Regardless of your location, you should prep your HVAC system to prepare for cooler weather, rain, and rapid temperature shifts. Once you’ve worked on the water heaters, are squared away with drain maintenance and have squared way contact information with emergency services, you should get involved at the ground level with these ground-level fall HVAC tips:
Tip One: Swap Out the Filter
Stop. Before doing any other fall prep-work, you should swap out your HVAC filter. Professional providers suggest changing HVAC system filters every one to four months. If you don’t your HVAC system can get clogged, create ongoing problems and imbalance your home’s energy output. An unclean filter, in cold weather, can clog an HVAC system’s intake, too, creating frozen coils from stagnant coolant.
Tip Two: Clean Off the Vents
After spring and summer, your HVAC vents will need to be cleaned, too. While professional care should be contacted, you can clean your system’s vents yourself. Your heating system’s vents might’ve collected mold, and they can be harmful during the winter once turned on. Don’t let your system cough up pollutants. Vacuum them, wipe them with a damp cloth and get them inspected for hard-to-reach debris.
Tip Three: Prepare the Pipes
In fall, pipework can experience rapid temperature shifts. You’ll need to properly insulate them for cold weather, and you’ll need to invest in a few foam pipe covers to do so. An inexpensive HVAC addition, foam covers can keep your system’s pipes from freezing. By adding foam covers throughout the house’s pipework, you can prepare your pipes for late-fall and winter weather. It’s important to get to them before the temperature drops.
Tip Four: Program Your Thermostat
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you should get one. Programmable thermostats protect your HVAC system from overtime hours, and they guarantee energy conservation when consumption becomes a problem. By implementing an auto-adjust thermostat, you can effectively safeguard your home from rapid temperature loss. That said, you’ll need to program it with Wi-Fi options to make sure your home’s temperature is in check without bombing the utility bill.
It’s important to keep your home’s heating system in check, but it’s similarly important to contact a professional provider in an emergency. Don’t hesitate to contact your providers at Steve’s Plumbing and Heating, and remember to query about your home’s specific needs. Every household is different, and many options exist to fortify your HVAC system for the new season.