Preparing Your HVAC System for Fall
During those cold winter nights, your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system becomes the most valuable commodity in your home. But if it's running poorly, that means less comfort and higher energy bills for homeowners. Heating your home and producing hot water are generally the largest energy expenses for any homeowner, so you can ensure your home heating bill remains as reasonable as possible by supporting your HVAC system and keeping it running properly. Is your heating unit ready?
Clean the Exterior of Your HVAC System
Dust, dirt and debris have likely accumulated in and around your exterior HVAC unit. With debris that has accumlated, take a few minutes to clear anything that can limit the function of your unit, including dead leaves, branches and dirt that have gathered on vents.
Change Your Interior Air Filters
Summer storms also blow dust and dirt into your home’s ductwork and filters. Fall is the perfect time to replace or clean indoor air filters. Not only will this simple chore improve your HVAC system’s efficiency, it will also help improve your indoor air quality.
Do a Visual Inspection
Although a professional HVAC contractor is necessary to conduct a complete inspection of every part of your system, you can do a quick visual inspection to look for any signs of potential problems. This can provide insights to a contractor when they conduct a comprehensive tune-up. Your visual inspection should include evaluating the outside unit, furnace, vents and visible areas of ductwork. Keep a close eye out for tears, leaks, loose seals, cracks or signs of corrosion or rust. Turn on your system to ensure that the air conditioner and heater both work. Listen for any unusual sounds or smells that could indicate a potential problem.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
The right temperature inside a home depends largely on who is there at the time, and when no one is in the home, the right temperature can be significantly lower than a conventional "living area" temperature. Many homeowners however fail to adjust their thermostats when they leave their home because it's too much work, they forget, or they don't want to return to a cold home.
Installing a programmable thermostat in the house eliminates these concerns altogether. This technology allow you to set the temperature in your home for every hour of the day, and it will keep to that schedule, day after day, week after week. Plus, depending upon the device, you can even adjust the temperature from your smartphone, meaning you can tweak the settings of your home thermostat wherever and whenever you might be.
Get a Fall Tune-Up
Don’t be caught off guard with a heater that doesn’t function properly. Before temperatures begin to dip too much, call for a tune-up. At Richard Osorio Heating and Air Conditioning, our professionally-trained HVAC technicians conduct complete tune-ups on all makes and models to ensure your system works when you need it. They are also skilled at finding small problems before they turn into big issues to save you money and time. With well-stocked trucks, most repairs can be made at the same time as a tune-up, too!
Call us today to schedule your fall tune-up (415) 798-6131.