As hot summer days turn into cool fall nights, your HVAC system will be going up and down like a yo yo! We’d like to offer a few of our favorite tips and things to watch out for as your system transitions from cooling to heating. We have put together a Fall HVAC Maintenance “To Do” list with reminders that’ll help keep your comfort levels high and blood pressures low.
Enjoy! The CCA Team.
Summer weather has given plants and shrubs the opportunity to grow. If vegetation around the system is overgrown you run the risk of debris getting caught in the motor. Pull out any vines and weeds that are encroaching, trim any nearby bushes, and use an edger to clean up anything else.
Change Your Filter
While it’s recommended to replace filters monthly, if you fell behind on your schedule while having fun in the sun, now would be a good time to play catch up. Your system has worked hard to keep you cool all summer and it’s likely your filters are filled with particles. This can impede airflow, especially as they have time to settle when your system gets a bit of respite in the fall and windows open.
Seal & Protect
While temperatures are still mild, get out there and apply a fresh coat of sealant to your system to protect it from harsh winter weather. Don’t forget to metal rust and repair with metal paint prior to sealing.
We aren’t trying to get you to spend money with us… We promise. Being proactive with your system maintenance is actually more cost effective than calling us to come out on a weekend visit when your system breaks down. We also offer seasonal specials and savings including routine maintenance. View all our specials.
Odors are Normal
An odor similar to smoke will fill the home when a system is turned on for the first time in several months. The smell is created as the furnace burns settled dust that has collected while in hibernation. Two practices can assist in minimizing the smell… First, change the filter(s) and have your system cleaned & checked for the winter prior to the first use. And second, turn the system on while it is warm enough to open windows and air out your home.
Dirty Sock Syndrome is Real
A climate that requires heating in the morning and cooling in the afternoon creates the perfect condition for what is called “Dirty Sock Syndrome.” This is a condition caused by bacteria that collects and grows on the indoor coils of a heat pump. You will need a professional to assist in diagnosing, eliminating and preventing further bacterial growth.