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How to Prepare Your HVAC System For Fall

Fall is almost here, and we’re patiently awaiting its arrival! It’s the season of apple picking, pumpkin carving, and cozy nights by the fireplace. While we’re all looking forward to the festivities of fall, don’t forget to show some love to your HVAC system before the change of seasons!

From time to time, your HVAC system requires maintenance to continue running efficiently. Maintenance is usually needed in the spring and fall to ensure the system is tuned up and ready to go. To learn more about the fall maintenance steps you’ll need to take before autumn rolls around, keep on reading!

Air Filters

They’re easy to forget about, but they’re one of the most critical components of your heating and cooling system: air filters. Dirty furnace and air filters can bring about many problems for your HVAC system.

A clogged filter is a surefire way to keep your system from effectively cooling or heating your home. If the filter is clogged, your air conditioner or furnace must work harder to reach your desired temperature, resulting in significant energy waste.

Before you shut off your air conditioner for the season, replace the air filter. Then, start fall with a fresh new filter for your furnace and continue to replace the filter every 30-60 days throughout the heating season.

Gaps and Leaks

No one likes a drafty home, especially during the colder months! Not only can drafts be an uncomfortable change in temperature, but they can also become a source of significant energy waste.

Before fall arrives, make sure to complete a thorough inspection of your home for gaps and leaks. Start by sealing windows and doors with weatherstripping and caulk. With fewer gaps, less air will escape and enter your home.

Clear Debris

You most likely pay very little attention to your outdoor unit throughout the year, but when fall is on the horizon, it’s the perfect time of year to inspect and clean the outdoor component of your HVAC system.

Perform a thorough inspection of the unit, checking for any damages and removing any debris. Removing the debris will allow for the unit to have proper airflow. Make sure to check the coils for debris and damage as well!

Before fall arrives, make sure there is enough clearance around the outdoor unit for proper ventilation. A good rule of thumb to follow is 12 inches of clearance around all sides. If you have shrubbery near the unit, perform a weekly check on the outdoor unit to ensure no plants are overgrown.

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

After you’ve completed your seasonal maintenance check, it’s time to contact the professionals for complete peace of mind that your system is operating correctly!

Seasonal maintenance is crucial to maintaining an efficient system. You wouldn’t let your car go months without service; the same goes for your HVAC system. Regular inspections can allow for issues to be caught early on, so you won’t be left in the cold without an operating heating system.

In addition, regular maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your heating and cooling system. When your HVAC system is set up for success with regular maintenance, you’ll reap the benefits of effective heating and cooling for years to come.

Quality HVAC Services in Bluffton

With fall right around the corner, there’s no better time to schedule your seasonal HVAC maintenance service! Freedom Air Heating and Air Conditioning offers convenient maintenance plans designed to keep your system operating at total efficiency all year long. Keep your energy consumption low and extend your system’s lifespan by scheduling your maintenance service today. For more information, give us a call at (803) 573-4032 or fill out our online contact form, and a team member will reach out to you shortly.