Did someone say fall? I bet you’ve felt that little chill in the morning while letting your dog out or getting in your car. Believe it or not, the transition between summer and fall can be more significant for your HVAC unit than you think. Temperatures are dropping, leaves are turning and air pollutants are increasing. With colder weather fast approaching, now is the perfect time to prepare your HVAC system for those winter months.
Routine Maintenance and Cleaning Your Unit
It doesn’t matter what kind of unit you have, it is important to schedule a maintenance visit as well as do some of your own seasonal cleaning. Both steps are easy to do and will increase your unit’s efficiency. Here are some things you can do on your own:
- Use a broom to sweep off any leaves, twigs or other debris
- Use a hose to wash off any dirt, dust or droppings
- After the unit is dry, look for cracks or rust in the casing, or any leaks and other irregularities
If you find an issue with your unit, be sure to contact HALLTEC HVAC to perform repairs on your unit. Fixing these issues early can save you from having major problems in the future.
Replace Your Filter
Did you know that replacing your filter can increase your AC’s productivity by 15%? Once the seasons have changed, one of the first things you should do is replace your filter. Replacing your filter can clear up:
- Your HVAC
- Your ductwork
- Your home
To prevent your unit from turning on while you are replacing your filter, make sure you turn your thermostat off. This will help protect your HVAC unit from loose debris.
Purchase a New Unit
If there was ever a more perfect time to turn off your unit and enjoy the breeze, this transition would be it. If you have an old or outdated unit, this is the right time to have your HVAC unit replaced. At HALLTEC HVAC, we can help you pick out a new unit for your home, and we provide financing options to make this heavy purchase a little lighter on your wallet.
Start Heating up Your Unit
Your home unit benefits from regular use, keeping the motor hot and the system loose. After your heating system has sat unused during the summer, it takes longer to work as properly as it should. This is why it’s important to start running your heating unit a few weeks ahead of the colder temperatures of fall and winter.
To prepare your unit for the winter, try turning your heater on while no one is home, setting the thermostat low, between 70 and 65 degrees. This will prepare your unit for when temperatures drop even lower.
Prepare Your AC for Colder Temperatures
Your unit is at a greater risk of freezing over when the colder weather comes through. There are three simple things you do to prevent this from happening:
- Change your refrigerant
- Clear the airflow
- Keep it warm
There is a simple trick you can steal from gardeners to protect plants that also protects your outdoor unit. If temperatures drop below 60 degrees, you can place a thick blanket over it to protect it from freezing over.
It’s important to remember that fall is just the seasons hitting pause between summer and winter. This provides you time to perform some simple tasks to make sure your HVAC unit is ready for colder weather. Air conditioning maintenance is more than a yearly task. If you would like to schedule your next routine maintenance check with HALLTEC HVAC, now is the right time.