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Fall is Upon us: Here’s Your Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist

September 25, 2019

Although it is slightly different in South Carolina because fall can still mean temperatures soaring into the 90s daily, there will come a time when you will need to turn your thermostat from cool to heat. And the best way to ensure that your furnace is ready to go is to hire a Charleston heating and air company for regular maintenance. But there are things you can yourself do to prepare for the cold weather season ahead. These are seven preventative tips that you can do on your own to make sure that your heating will be ready to heat things up.

Replace Your Air Filters Regularly

The first line of defense that your HVAC system has against dirt and debris making its way into the ductwork and wreaking havoc is your air filters. But they can only work properly if you change them frequently. As fall approaches, it is a perfect time to change out air filters to increase airflow. Not only will that help to keep things more tepid, but it will also help to increase the lifespan of your HVAC system and reduce your heating costs this winter. Also, since not all air filters are equal, choose the ones that trap smaller particles to keep your air quality high and your energy-efficiency even higher.

Keep Your Charleston Heating and Air Conditioning System Free of Dirt and Debris

As the cold weather creeps in, now is a perfect time to inspect and clean the area surrounding your outdoor units. Remove any occluding branches or bushes that come too close. And rinse your outdoor units off with a hose. Although it might be time to put it away for a while, cleaning things up around it, and wrapping it for the winter with a breathable liner, is an excellent way to ensure that it is ready to go when the hot, Charleston air rushes in come springtime!

Clean Your Registers

Your registers are what dictate the airflow of both heat and cool air from making its way where you need it most. But if they are caked with debris and dust, no air can flow through them. Walk around your home and make a clean sweep of the floor registers to increase the air output and to make sure that warm air gets exactly where you want it.

Turn off Your Humidifier

If you turned off your humidifier to give it a rest during the long, humid summer months, don’t forget to turn it back on. First, make sure to replace the humidifier pad, or water panel. And then, set the humidifier anywhere from 35 to 45 percent. If you turned off the water supply to put it away before you cranked up the air conditioner, don’t forget to reconnect it.

Listen for any Unusual Noises

One of the best tools that you have at your disposal when it comes to maintaining your heating and air conditioning is the ability to listen and pay attention. When you turn on your heat, listen closely for any abnormal noises. It is important not to ignore both subtle and loud sounds because they can signal a problem. Things like register blocks, debris stopping airflow, or even loose bolts on the furnace will tell you right away if things are amiss. It is never a good idea to think the noise will stop. It might, but typically so does your HVAC system. And that is never good!

Use Nature’s Gifts

To conserve energy and help to decrease excessive wear and tear, start to open the windows and give your heating and air conditioning a break during the cooler days. And program your thermostat so that you aren’t running the HVAC system when you don’t have to. If you give your HVAC a break, it will return the favor by lowering energy costs.

Call a Professional

Although there are some things you can do on your own to ensure that your HVAC is working optimally, you are not a professional. And if you want to ensure that you are extending the lifespan of your HVAC system, then regular maintenance is a must. It is alright to take care of the minor details to cut costs, but in the end, if you don’t perform regular maintenance, you are saving pennies by spending dollars.

Although it might not seem like it just yet, fall is in the air! And, when the temperatures start to dip outside, you will want to make sure that your Charleston heating and air are ready to go. Now is a perfect time to schedule your regular maintenance to ensure that when it is time to turn your thermostat from cool to heat, your furnace and system will be ready to go. Call Custom Climate Heating and Air to schedule your appointment today.