Fall is here and the weather is changing. It’s time to do a little heating and air conditioner maintenance. Getting you system ready for a new season is important, even in a warmer climate like Phoenix. Each season being new challenges and changes and your system needs to be ready. If it isn’t you might have an unpleasant “after hours” surprise from it!
No one wants to wake up shivering or sweating, knowing it will be hours before you can even call your air conditioner maintenance company to schedule a repair. Let’s not even discuss how long the weekend will feel if you have a break-down on Friday night! Avoid costly repairs and inconvenient break-downs with a few simple maintenance tips.
Schedule a check-up.
Just like you, your system needs regular check-ups. You see the doctor; your system should see your professional air conditioner installation and repair team. A visit in the fall and again in the spring (before the each of the major seasonal temperature shifts) will help keep your system in good working order.
Keep it clean.
In the winter months, you should change your filters once a month. If this is not feasible for your home, alternate cleaning the filter one month and replacing it the next. A fresh filter is far more efficient than one clogged with dust and lint.
Fresh filters will help keep dust out of the system and out of your home. If you use a HEPA filter, you will be cutting down on airborne allergens and germs too. An overloaded filter makes your system work harder and can lead to repairs down the road.
A thorough cleaning of the ducts may be in order as well. People with severe allergies and compromised lung function (like those with COPD) should have this service performed at least once a year. If you have beautiful landscaping all summer, the pollen can sometimes get into the ductwork and into the air inside. Indoor allergens like dust mites and animal dander that are too small to be caught in the filters will recirculate and build up inside ducts.
Look for Leaks
The change of season is a good time to look for leaks. Remember that most things swell when they’re hot and shrink when they’re cold. This is true for you home as well. That sticky door will swing freely once the summer sun is no longer bearing down on it all day.
Check for air leaks around doors, windows, electrical outlets and vents. Add weather stripping or caulk as needed to seal off leaks. Ask your service person to look for leaks in your ductwork too. You don’t want to be heating the outdoors!
You don’t let your car go for years without routine maintenance like oil changes. Don’t let your heating and air system suffer either. Keep it in top running condition and it will last longer and run more efficiently, saving you money and keeping you more comfortable.