Fall HVAC Heating maintenance can increase your HVAC performance, avoid costly emergency repairs and will safeguard from the situations that can suddenly left you without heat in the middle of a winter. For the best results and to ensure that your system is running as it should be – any major furnace maintenance of course should be handled by a licensed HVAC technician.
Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips
1- Set Your Thermostat for Energy Savings
As winter approaches, it’s time to switch from cooling to heating mode. When you do, you may also want to adjust how you set your thermostat to match your wintertime preferences and improve energy savings. Here are some key points to remember:
- Set the at-home temperature no higher than 70 degrees. Dress for winter weather to help you stay comfortable.
- Set the temperature between 60 and 62 degrees while you’re away all day or sleeping at night. With a programmable thermostat, you can set it and forget it.
- Avoid overriding your preprogrammed settings as much as possible. If you’re cold, put on another layer or cozy up under a blanket before you touch the thermostat.
- If you must adjust the temperature, do so by just a degree or two. Cranking up the temperature to 80 degrees won’t heat your home any faster and stands to waste energy when the temperature exceeds your comfort level.
2- Clean Your Outdoor Condenser Unit
Your outdoor HVAC unit, the condenser, needs attention in the fall season as well. Indeed, with each change of the season, you should monitor your exterior HVAC unit to ensure it is clear of leaves, sticks, twigs, and pinecones. This natural debris could cause a fire hazard for your outdoor unit. Debris in your condenser is also an inviting wintering spot for squirrels and other critters.
If plants have grown in the vicinity of your exterior HVAC unit, make sure to trim back limbs or bushes that are in direct contact with your unit. Maintenance of your outside HVAC unit will improve the efficiency of your system as well as the lifetime of your unit – saving you money on utility bills and potential repair costs.
3-Schedule Fall HVAC Maintenance
As helpful as routine HVAC maintenance can be, a Fall HVAC professional will conduct a thorough inspection of your HVAC system and address any issues. Regular professional HVAC maintenance may extend the life of your unit and may keep your energy costs low. Contact Ragsdale today to schedule a professional to check your system this fall.