Fall is just around the corner and before you know it, the cold weather will be in full swing. That drop in temperatures offers the perfect excuse to cuddle up next to those you love most. However, it also forces you to rely on your home's HVAC system 24-hours a day to keep the space comfortable.
For most homeowners, this means an increase in energy costs and an overall lower indoor air quality. After all, if you can't open the windows to let fresh air in, you're stuck with the air inside the house day after day.
Here are a few fall HVAC maintenance tips that will keep your system running and maintain your good indoor air quality throughout the season.
Change Your Filters
Your HVAC filters are what trap the majority of outdoor contaminants, allergens, dust, and dirt and keep them out of your air. When they get dirty, the HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home clean, causing a spike in your energy costs.
Instead of waiting until the middle of winter, change your filters before the temperatures drop. This way, you'll be prepared for everything the cold weather can bring long before the first hard freeze.
Inspect Filters Frequently
During mild weather, the HVAC system doesn't kick on frequently, exposing those air filters to fewer contaminants throughout the season. However, when the temperatures drop, the filters can get clogged far more easily.
Stay on top of your indoor air quality and check your filters once every other month during the late fall and winter. If you have allergy sufferers or those with upper respiratory conditions in the household, it's best to check the filters once a month.
Though you may not need to replace your filters every time you check, knowing how dirty they are helps you know when to order replacements.
Schedule a Tune-Up
The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is their HVAC system breaking right when the weather turns. Instead of waiting until your unit starts making strange noises or stops working altogether, schedule a seasonal tune-up with your HVAC services provider.
They'll be able to inspect the unit for any damage that occurred during the summer and make all necessary repairs so your unit will work efficiently throughout the coldest months of the year.
If the system is old or needs to be replaced, schedule the replacement immediately. Waiting until after winter is over could cost you hundreds in unexpected repairs and unnecessarily high energy bills.
Lower Your Thermostat
Setting your heater a few degrees lower while you're away from home can result in significant savings during the winter. Best of all, you don't have to install any new equipment to do it!
Before you leave for the day, lower the thermostat anywhere from two to ten degrees Fahrenheit. Once you're home, you can increase the temperature to your preferred comfort zone.
However, if you're looking for the ultimate in convenience, consider installing a programmable thermostat.
You can set these to follow a schedule during the work week, making sure the temperatures are lower while you're gone and back up to a comfortable level when you get home all without touching a button.
Inspect Your Insulation
During the winter, the number one cause of heat loss in most homes is through the attic. When the attic has enough insulation, all the heat that rises throughout your house escapes into the attic and out the roof.
Schedule an inspection with your roofer and ask them to assess the condition of your attic insulation. If the insulation is damaged or the space is under-insulated, consider adding additional insulation before winter arrives. This will help your HVAC unit perform more efficiently and keeps your home more comfortable year-round.
Though keeping your home's HVAC system running efficiently should always be a priority, your indoor air quality is even more important. Take a look at our dust-grabbing air filters and order yours today.
We can even make a custom filter for those odd-sized spaces in your home. Contact us today to get started.