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We all want to feel confident that our HVAC system will keep our family comfortable as the seasons start to change. Read on to find out why autumn is an ideal time for preventative maintenance and how scheduling your system for this essential service will keep your HVAC system running efficiently in any season.
Your Unit Needs Breathing Room
Summer has passed and the cool crisp air of autumn is rolling in quickly. But, before you schedule your HVAC system for fall maintenance there are a few things you should check first. You may not have thought about it lately, but when is the last time you checked to see if your unit has room to breathe?
Did you know that falling leaves, overgrowth & clutter can cause your unit to work harder? Leaving your indoor/outdoor unit with little to no breathing room & driving up your energy bills as a result. Think about it, your HVAC system relies on its ability to move air throughout your home. Therefore, clearing any debris or obstructions on or near your unit will help to keep it operating smoothly and efficiently throughout the cold weather season.
So, while you’re getting ready to pull out your fall wardrobe and decor, take a minute to consider your unit’s breathing room. Resisting the temptation to store summer beach gear or stack bins of unused clothes/items against your furnace. Creating a potential fire hazard and causing your unit to work harder than it needs to. Instead, consider storing unused items, boxes or bins at least a few feet away from your HVAC unit. This simple act will help to keep your HVAC unit running efficiently and reduce the possibility of causing a fire.
Consider storing unused items, boxes or bins at least a few feet away from your HVAC unit. This simple act will help to keep your HVAC unit running efficiently and reduce the risk of causing a fire
Don’t forget about your outdoor unit! Part of your fall HVAC system maintenance should also include ensuring your outdoor unit gets a little TLC too. Clear away any leaves, twigs, or other debris from the surface of your air conditioner or heat pump. Including trimming any trees, shrubs or tall grass to ensure your unit has at least a two-foot clearance all around.
Maintain Your Units Energy Efficiency
If you’re like most Pennsylvania homeowners, you’ll want to warm up the moment that chilly weather arrives. But, this also means ensuring that your heating system is ready for that seasonal switch. When you schedule your semi-annual maintenance in the early autumn, you can rest assured that your HVAC system will be ready when you need it most.
Did you know that for the average homeowner, heating and cooling account for nearly half of their home’s energy expenses each year? Scheduling your HVAC system for preventative maintenance will help to ensure your unit continues to operate as efficiently as possible. Reducing unnecessary strain on your system and helping to lower your overall energy costs.
When you schedule your heating or cooling system for seasonal maintenance with Air Dynamics HVAC, you can rest assured knowing that our highly qualified technicians will do more than just a quick inspection & filter change. We take the time to properly check the operation of your system following all factory-recommended procedures per the manufacturer guidelines for your unit.
Maintain Your Humidifier
Do you have a humidifier installed as part of your HVAC system? If so, when is the last time it was properly cleaned/serviced? When wintertime hits you count on your humidifier to replace that much-needed moisture that is stripped away during the heating process. Preventing dry skin & nasal passages and helping to keep energy costs lower by making the air inside of your home less dry.
Unfortunately, without proper cleaning and maintenance, your humidifier is at risk of developing mold and bacteria. Which can not only aggravate asthma and allergies. It can also cause flu-like symptoms leaving your family feeling sick when contaminated steam is released into your home’s air.
Keep Indoor Air Healthy
For most of us, once the weather starts to cool we tend to find ourselves spending more time indoors. This means making sure your indoor air is clean and healthy is an essential part of wintertime health. That’s why it’s important to schedule your semi-annual preventative HVAC maintenance during the fall season.
This is when you’ll benefit most from the included air filter replacement. In fact, at Air Dynamics HVAC we recommend changing your unit’s air filter at least once every 3 months. Doing so will help to maintain better air quality in your home throughout the year.
If your filter becomes clogged with dust, dirt & debris it can no longer properly filter the air you breathe.
Your HVAC system does more than just keep your family comfortable. It’s also responsible for keeping the air in your home clean and safe. Taking proper care of your unit doesn’t just help to improve efficiency. It also helps to prevent frequent breakdowns by keeping your unit clean and identifying issues early on. Without regular maintenance, your system will be working harder than it needs to. Driving up your energy bills & potentially circulating polluted air throughout your home.
Ensure Safety All Year Long
Running your heating system without seasonal maintenance can cost you more than just a higher energy bill. It can also prove to be dangerous. If your home utilizes a gas furnace for heating you should be mindful of potential CO (carbon monoxide) leaks. An ill-maintained furnace can leave you with an undetected leak. Carbon monoxide is odorless & colorless making it difficult to detect without the aid of a properly placed CO detector. Potentially putting you and your family in harm’s way.
Know The Warning Signs
- Upset Stomach
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of Breath
- Loss of Consciousness
Which is why at Air Dynamics HVAC our preventative maintenance checklist includes checking your heat exchanger for leaks that can present a safety issue for you and your family. By scheduling your home’s heating system maintenance for the fall, you won’t have to worry about your furnace leaking this deadly gas into your home during the height of the heating season.
Stay One Step Ahead of Repairs
While HVAC systems aren’t designed to last forever, regularly maintaining your unit can add years to its lifespan. In order to avoid major breakdowns and serious repairs, it’s important to remember to schedule your system’s seasonal maintenance before you plan to fire it up for the season. Scheduling your HVAC system for fall maintenance will help you to stay one step ahead of heat pump and furnace repairs.
Don’t forget to schedule your HVAC system’s seasonal maintenance before you turn it on for the season.
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