With a break from the heat, colorful foliage and activities abound, fall is a great time of year in Peachtree City. Cooler temperatures also mean transitioning your HVAC system from cooling to heating. Use these fall HVAC maintenance tips to get started.
Change Your Filter
One of the simplest and most important tasks to put on your fall HVAC maintenance list is a filter change. A dirty air filter increases energy bills, reduces airflow across the blower and fails to enhance indoor air quality.
Update the programs on your programmable thermostat to compensate for Daylight Saving Time. If you have a “smart” thermostat, it should update automatically, but check to make sure.
CO and Smoke Alarms
Test all smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home to ensure they’re operating correctly. If they use batteries, change them this fall and next spring. Use an easy date, such as Daylight Saving Time, to help you remember to change the batteries.
Prepare Your A/C or Heat Pump
Don’t forget about your A/C once cooler weather arrives. Ask your HVAC technician to clean the evaporator coil during professional maintenance. A dirty coil blocks heated airflow from the furnace.
If you heat and cool your home with a heat pump, it should be professionally serviced in the fall and spring. You may help it run more efficiently by ensuring free airflow at the outside cabinet. Clear away debris and vegetation. Keep an eye on the cabinet for ice accumulation, which indicates a problem with airflow, refrigerant charge or an electrical problem.
Check the Air Ducts
Are your air ducts rattling and clamoring? If so, you have air leaks that are draining your pocketbook and creating hot and cold spots. Seal leaky ducts with mastic and heat-resistant metal tape. And don’t forget to make sure that the vents are not covered up with furniture.
Schedule Professional Maintenance
Lastly, call a licensed and insured contractor to schedule professional HVAC maintenance this fall. When you take good care of your HVAC system, you enjoy better heating and cooling performance, lower energy bills and fewer breakdowns.
If you have questions about any of these fall HVAC maintenance tips, please contact Powers Heating & Air with an office in Peachtree City and serving Fayette and Coweta counties.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Peachtree City, Georgia and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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