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Is Your HVAC System Ready For Fall And Winter?

Is Your HVAC System Ready For Fall And Winter?
With fall upon us and winter just around the corner, it’s that time of the year when you need to look at the home HVAC system again to ensure that it’s ready for the cold months. Having been out of sight and out of mind all summer when we were more worried about staying cool, the HVAC and furnace might have accumulated a lot of dust and debris which could affect its functioning. Fixing any damaged or malfunctioning parts now will save you a lot of money down the line.
Here are the four key areas to focus on;

Change The Air Filter
The HVAC system relies on the air filter to capture harmful particles and pollutants circulating through the air. This way, the air filter protects both the HVAC system and your family. It protects the HVAC system because it keeps the system free of dirt and bacteria and it protects your family by capturing pollen, dust, mold, and other airborne pollutants that might cause issues.

Unfortunately, HVAC air filters don’t last forever. They need to be replaced every 30 to 90 days depending on the use of your home. Given that you might have been using the air conditioner all summer, fall is a great time to replace the old filter.

Reset The Thermostat
Now that temperatures have begun falling, you’ll likely want to reevaluate your thermostat programing. Since temperatures are more comfortable during the day, it’s possible that your HVAC unit won’t even kick on. While setting the temperature higher during the summer months saves you money, it can sometimes be necessary to actually set your thermostat to a cooler temperature during the autumn months so that your home doesn’t become stuffy and stale. If you’re home, you can always open the windows to let in the fresh air, but if you’ll be away for a longer stretch you may want to ensure that the air in your home doesn’t become stagnant.

Monitor Indoor Humidity
Although excess outdoor moisture seems to be an all-year problem in Florida, you can still take measures to minimize your indoor humidity. Experts recommend keeping indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. A higher or lower figure would compromise indoor air quality. 30 percent humidity leads to overly dry interior air which can cause dry skin and hair while humidity levels greater than 50 percent would result in dampness leading to mold growth and dust mite infestation. One way of keeping indoor humidity in check is to use ventilation and ceiling fans to distribute air (warm or cold) through your rooms while keeping an eye on the hygrometer.

Have The Heating System Inspected
Among other things, an inspection checks to ensure that all heating elements are in place and in working condition. All electrical components will be tested and any loose connections tightened. The inspector will also check the ventilation system to confirm that all poisonous gases are safely exiting the system. Burners, fans, condensate pans, and drain pipes will also be checked and cleaned, with motors and bearings being lubricated as appropriate. Finally, the duct system will be checked and repaired as necessary to ensure that air is circulating properly and that you’re not losing energy through improperly insulated or closed ducts.

With all these covered, your HVAC system is now ready for fall and winter. Contact us today to schedule your HVAC maintenance.

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