Labor Day Weekend has come and gone and after the excessive heat of the past summer, we’re welcoming Fall’s cool temperatures. As seasons change, you may find your HVAC system is working overtime to adapt to the changes in daily temperatures. The transition from cooling to heating can be frustrating, difficult and if you’re unlucky, costly… So we’ve put together a list of Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips for you. We’ve also included seasonal HVAC reminders that’ll help keep your comfort levels high and blood pressures low.
FALL HVAC MAINTENANCE TIPS
Tip #1 – Trim Plants
During the summer months plants and shrubs have the opportunity to grow and grow. If your HVAC system is overgrown by vegetation, you run the risk of plant debris getting caught in your system’s motor, in addition to restricting the exchange of air around the compressor and outdoor coil. To avoid this, pull out any vines or weeds near the system, trim any nearby bushes and use an edger to clean up the rest.
Tip #2 – Change Your Filter
We recommend replacing your filters once every month… But we understand summer’s fun takes priority. Now would be a great 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 dust particles, bacteria and dander. This can reduce airflow efficiency causing your system to work even harder, which in turn will increase your utility bill.
Tip #3 – Seal & Protect
As temperatures become more mild be sure to apply a fresh coat of sealant to your system. This easy task will help protect it from winter’s harsh weather. Don’t forget about rust! Simply repair with metal paint prior to sealing.
Tip #4 – Get Maintenance
We’re trying to save you money in the long run. Your HVAC System IS an investment… So it should be treated as such. Being proactive with maintenance is actually more cost effective than calling us to come out on a weekend visit when your system breaks down. We offer seasonal specials including savings on routine maintenance. See All Our Specials.
FALL HVAC REMINDERS
Reminder #1 – Odors ARE Normal
You’ve just fired up your heating system for the first time in several months. But… What is that smell? An odor similar to smoke will likely fill your home after first turning heat on. The smell is created when the furnace or supplemental strip heaters burn off the settled that dust while hibernating this past summer. Two practices can assist in minimizing the smell… First, change the filter(s) and have your system cleaned and checked prior to first use. Second, turn the system on while weather is still mild , open your windows and air out your home.
Reminder #2 – Dirty Sock Syndrome IS Real
Fall’s mild weather creates the perfect condition for “Dirty Sock Syndrome”. Why so? It’s climate requires heating in the morning and cooling in the afternoon. Dirty Sock Syndrome 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.