How did summer fly by so fast? With August in full swing, soon enough we’ll be turning down our air conditioners and piling on the sweaters to combat the cool autumn chill. But cold weather doesn’t mean that we should up and ignore our HVAC system altogether. Rather, in order to prepare it for the cold of autumn and winter and to make sure your heating and cooling systems are running efficiently, some maintenance inter-season is in order. In fact, if your system is improperly installed or poorly maintained, you could be affecting your equipment’s efficiency by as much as 30%.
- Start in the Fall
Even if your area is experiencing an Indian summer of sorts, it’s never too early to start thinking about checking in on your heating services and appliances. Some even wait until extreme cold hits, and then expect their heat to work automatically. On the contrary, many factors go into properly maintaining your HVAC services.
- Check Your Filter
Many people think that they are supposed to clean their filter for only their air conditioner, as it can save up to 15% in utility bills. But truthfully, you should clean your HVAC filter once every month to ensure that it’s functioning as efficiently as possible.
- Check Your Weatherization
Is your home properly weatherized? Check ducts to see if they are properly sealed and fix the ones that aren’t properly insulated — doing so can affect the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by up to 20%!
- Contact Your Local HVAC Services
For every change of season, your local HVAC professional should be contracted for a seasonal inspection of your HVAC equipment. This is especially true if your equipment is more than 10 years old. Enlisting in early home inspection will ensure that your heating will be functioning correctly when you need it most!