The start of fall can be a hectic time of the year for many families. With so much focus placed on the transition between the lazy days of summer and the start of a new school year, it can be easy to overlook important maintenance and repair jobs around the house. This can include getting your HVAC system ready for the colder months of the year. Because the kids won’t be spending as much of their time in the house trying to keep cool, your system will be operating differently, and it is important to develop a checklist that will help your HVAC give you the comfort and quality of life you deserve for as long as possible. To help you with this, our team of experienced professionals at H&H Heating and Air has put together a few important things to include on your Back-to-School checklist for your HVAC system.
Set a New Schedule for Your Thermostat
With the kids spending more of their day in school, it is a great time to establish a new schedule for the thermostat. Thanks to the convenience of programmable thermostats, it is easy to create a daily schedule to adjust the temperature in your home. This will reduce the load on your systems by allowing for a higher temperature during the day, and a switch to a cooler setting just before anyone is expected to return home. Doing this will not only help your HVAC system last as long as possible, but it can also be a great way to save money on your monthly energy bills.
Check and Clean the Air Filters
A quick and easy step that can have a real impact on the efficiency of your HVAC system is to take the time to clean and replace your air filters. While it is something that can be easily overlooked, it is important to get it taken care of so that your system continues to operate at maximum efficiency. Most professionals recommend that the filters should be changed every one to three months. Making this a part of your back-to-school maintenance routine is a great way to be sure it gets taken care of promptly.
Do a Thorough Cleaning of the Outdoor Unit
The spring and summer are a time of growth, especially for plants and other vegetation. Along with this, unexpected storms and other natural events can create a buildup of debris and dirt around your outdoor unit. The approach of the fall and a return to a school schedule is a great time to take a look at your outdoor unit. Any vegetation or other debris that has accumulated around the unit should be cleaned, and the area should be inspected closely to be sure that the airflow for your system is not being hindered. Doing this is an important part of making sure that your HVAC system will continue to operate at maximum efficiency. At the same time, cleaning the outdoor unit is also a good way to be sure that the air quality in your home continues to be free of unwanted dirt and other particles for as long as possible.
Schedule a Maintenance Checkup
With your HVAC system being expected to shift from cooling your home to heating it in the coming months, it is always a good idea to make sure it is ready to handle the task. An experienced HVAC technician will go through the various functions of your system to make sure everything is operating normally, and also check your thermostat readings to be sure it is accurate. The electrical connections of your system will be inspected closely for any potential concerns, and if you have a gas or oil heating system, those connections will be thoroughly reviewed as well. Having this done during the back-to-school season is a great way to be sure there aren’t any unexpected heating problems during the coldest months of winter.
Contact H&H Heating and Air for Professional Support
Our team of talented technicians at H&H Heating and Air understands the important role that your HVAC system plays in your daily comfort and quality of life. We are committed to making sure that the needs and concerns of every client are taken care of, and that your systems are given the professional service needed to make sure they last for as long as possible. If you have questions about your HVAC system or are looking to schedule a back-to-school maintenance check-up, be sure to contact our offices today to set up an appointment.