Fall can be a tricky time of year; you may start the day with your furnace on and throughout the day need your air conditioner. This is why maintenance of your HVAC systems is important. You need to be sure your systems are both in good shape and that your furnace is ready for the cold weather season. Read on for tips to prep your systems for fall.
Even though it's the end of the season and you may still be using your air conditioner from time to time, it's important to do some maintenance as you may not be needing it for too much longer. Prepare it for fall by:
- Spraying down the unit outside to get rid of debris such as grass clippings, cottonwood, and other allergens that are trapped in the fins of the unit. Spray it down using a garden hose and standing a few feet away so you don't bend the fins.
- Cleaning the interior of the unit where twigs and other debris may also have built up. All of this excess debris may cause your system to run sluggishly and not as efficiently.
- Cleaning the condensate drain to free up any built up debris that was caused from a clogged air filter. This can also help your system run more efficiently.
When your finished with your air conditioner for the season, remember to change the air filter if you haven't already done so. You can use a cover over the top of your unit to protect it from leaves in the fall and keep other debris from getting caught inside.
You're going to be needing your furnace very soon, if not already. The weather may be chilly in the morning and you may be needing it soon just to take the chill off of you. Prepare your furnace for this type of weather by:
- Cleaning the inside of the furnace. This area may have accumulated with dust and dander from not being used all season, or from last season when you didn't clean it. Clean it out with a shop vacuum or your regular vacuum cleaner extension hose. Hire an HVAC company for deep cleaning.
- Removing all accumulating items that you may have stored throughout spring and summer that are too close to your furnace. This can be a fire hazard, so be sure you have enough clearance area around your furnace (at least 4 feet).
- Removing anything blocking your vents throughout your house to ensure air is being distributed evenly throughout your home. This should be something you do when you are using your air conditioner as well.
- Cleaning your vents to get rid of dust and other allergens. Soak the vents in your bathtub with soap and water. Use a soft bristle brush to sweep away hard to remove dust/debris.
Fall is when you may be using both your furnace and your air conditioner, so be sure they are both in good working order, and prepare your air conditioner to be "put away" for the winter months.