Are you relieved that the fall season is finally here? The changing of the seasons also signals that it’s time for fall HVAC maintenance so you can prepare your heating system and home for cooler weather. Use the following tips to help compile your fall maintenance to-do list and get started.
Check the Air Filter
The air filter is a simple device in the HVAC system with big responsibilities. The primary purpose of the air filter is to protect HVAC equipment from damage due to the accumulation of dirt and debris. By successfully keeping the HVAC system clean, your filter helps maximize efficiency and helps maintain healthful indoor air quality. Make sure you change or clean the filter during fall HVAC maintenance and throughout the year.
Clean the Air Vents
The air vents are susceptible to dust and debris buildup. For a quick and easy way to clean the vents, use the brush extension on your vacuum cleaner.
Your home’s envelope is designed to keep outside elements outside. If you notice drafts near windows and entry doors, use caulk and weatherstripping to seal them up. Be sure to check the attic hatch and recessed lighting. Heat naturally rises, and with extreme temperatures common in attics you may be wasting a substantial amount of energy due to leaks.
Attic insulation should be as high as R-49. That’s about 12 to 14 inches of standard fiberglass insulation. One of the nice perks about insulation is that it will generally last for the life of the home as long as it doesn’t get damaged.
Professional HVAC Maintenance
Bringing in your HVAC technician for professional maintenance this fall is a modest price to pay for a finely-tuned furnace or heat pump, greater comfort, and lower energy bills.
For more fall HVAC maintenance tips or to schedule preventive maintenance with an HVAC professional, please contact Amarillo Air Conditioning today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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