Regular HVAC maintenance in the fall is important to ensure our energy system is operating at optimal efficiency. There are a number of do-it-yourself actions, — and measures better left to the highly skilled field service technicians at Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning – to keep your HVAC unit in good condition through the fall and winter.
Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips
Keep the Vents Clear
Dust and debris can build up in your HVAC unit over the summer months. When fall arrives, it is vital to check all the HVAC vents for any signs of dust and debris. Believe it or not, even the smallest amount of debris, like 1/100th of an inch, on your coil and blower motor can translate into as much as a 10 percent loss of efficiency! This also leads to higher energy costs.
Clean Your Outdoor Unit
The vibrant, colorful leaves on autumn trees are wonderful to observe, however, they can also be hazardous for your HVAC unit. These leaves can get lodged in your outdoor unit, where they can turn into a potential fire hazard. Pollen, dust, dirt, and twigs could also accumulate, posing more potential damage to your energy system. Keep your outdoor unit free of debris so you can help keep your energy expenses down.
Check Your Thermostat
Be certain your HVAC system is not being overworked by testing your thermostat. If your thermostat operates properly and displays an accurate temperature reading, then it is functioning properly. If your thermostat is programmable, consider reviewing the setting you have programmed to be sure it is appropriate for the cooler change in weather.
Prevent Clogging or Buildup in the Condensate Drain Line
You definitely don’t want a clog in the condensate drain line for your heating and cooling system. Remedy this yourself if you know how to access your condensate drain line. Simply pour a solution of bleach and water through the line to help prevent clogs from forming. If you believe you already have a block in the condensate drain line, contact an HVAC professional at Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning for a service appointment. Regular HVAC maintenance should prevent drains from clogging.
Check and Replace Your Air Filters Frequently
The most important front line measure you can take to ensure good performance of your HVAC system is to inspect your air filter. Dirty filters make your energy system less efficient and cause unnecessary strain on the machinery.
While you should change your air filter every 30 to 90 days, consider more often than that if you have pets or if you open your windows frequently.
Also, consider purchasing a new high-efficiency pleated air filter. The folds in these filters trap more small particles than traditional filters, helping to ensure your energy system is clean and your family is healthy.
Give Your Humidifier a Vacation
Turn off your furnace humidifier’s water supply to give your energy system a rest during the summer. When the cooler weather arrives, replace the water panel – also known as the humidifier pad – set the relative humidity between 35 percent and 45 percent. Then turn the water supply to the furnace humidifier back on.
Listen for Unusual Noises
Often times, noises in your HVAC system are created by register blockages, debris in the vents, or loose bolts on the furnace or registers.
Know When to Call a Professional
Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning recommends you get annual preventative maintenance done on your HVAC system, or, if possible, even twice a year. If your energy system does not require preventative maintenance, we recommend scheduling your check-up for the cooling system in the spring and for your heating system in the fall. These times of the year also tend to be less busy for Apollo field service technicians. Our expert technicians will check your system for issues, adjust loose bolts and wires, and address any other problems your HVAC may be experiencing.
Look to Apollo for Regular Maintenance of Your HVAC System
If you need to ensure your HVAC system makes it through the upcoming cold winter months, fall is the time to call one of our award-winning field technicians who will immediately diagnose what is wrong with your heating and cooling system and perform the necessary repairs. Our experienced team of highly trained technicians will work with you and exceed your expectations during HVAC repairs and replacements.
Learn more by contacting Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning! Call us at (509) 396-COLD (2653).