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How Making The Most Of Dipping Temperatures Can Help You Extend The Life Of Your HVAC Unit

How Making The Most Of Dipping Temperatures Can Help You Extend The Life Of Your HVAC Unit
To extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, the onset of fall is an opportune time to consider a few maintenance practices. With dipping temperatures that give your air conditioning a break it’s the perfect time to schedule your seasonal maintenance and repairs.
Here are a few examples of maintenance practices you can carry out at the onset of the cooler weather to extend the life of your HVAC system;

Give The System A Break
Florida is known for it’s tropical climate, which includes mild fall and winter seasons. With summer temperatures often soaring to 100 degrees, your system has likely spent months straining to stay even reasonably comfortable. Average temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s in the fall typically makes it much more comfortable and reduces the strain put on your system. Often you can go without using your HVAC system at all and open your windows to bring in some fresh air.

Remove Dirt And Debris
With the system off, take advantage and clean it up a bit by removing debris such as leaves and twigs. As the system runs, it from time to time pulls in these elements which can accumulate and later block air. This is not only dangerous to you and your family’s health but also to the health of the system. If not removed promptly, the blockage will force your HVAC to work harder leading to faster wear and tear.

Clean The Condensate Drain Line
During summer, the HVAC works tirelessly to cool your home, utilizing a condensation process to give you cooler temperatures. Unfortunately, this condensation process can also cause issues such as condensed water being trapped in the drain line, often leading to growth of algae. This is something you may not be able to deal with during summer but, cooler temperatures make turning the system off much more comfortable so you’ll be able to take out the drain lines and thoroughly clean them. Otherwise, accumulation of the algae could block the drains.

Change The HVAC Filter
HVAC filters do a wonderful job trapping out air pollutants including dust, dirt, and bacteria that can make indoor air unhealthy. It means that depending on the weather, the filters can get clogged rather fast. Since air has to pass through the filter before it’s released into the room, a clogged filter would force the HVAC system to work harder to push air through which can result in overheating. To avoid this, check the filters monthly and clean or replace them as appropriate.

Bring In The Experts
Above all, fall is an excellent time to call in the experts to take a look at your HVAC system and prep it for the cold season. The specialist will check every component to ensure that the system works efficiently throughout fall and winter, saving you thousands of dollars in unexpected repairs and at the same time extending the life of the system. If you haven’t had an inspection and fall maintenance yet, contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning today to get a quote.

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