Fall is the perfect time for HVAC maintenance. Just like your car, your home’s heating and air conditioning system needs regular maintenance to run at its best. And just like with your car, the best time for HVAC maintenance is before you need it. That’s why fall is the perfect time to get your system tuned up before winter arrives.
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, Presidential Heating & Air in Gaithersburg, MD, has you covered. They offer the Presidential Advantage Maintenance Plan, a worry-free HVAC maintenance plan that helps you stay ahead of potential problems.
Here is a quick checklist of things you can do to make sure your HVAC system is in good working order:
1. Schedule a Maintenance Check-up
Ideally, you should have your HVAC system serviced by a qualified HVAC service technician at least twice a year – once in the Spring and once in the Fall. This tune-up should include cleaning the unit, checking the chemical levels, inspecting the ductwork, and checking wiring and connections.
2. Clean or Replace Your Air Filter
Your air filter helps remove contaminants from the air in your home, but it can only do its job if it isn’t clogged with dirt and debris. Depending on the type of filter you have, you may need to clean or replace it monthly, every few months, twice annually, or annually. Ask your HVAC technician which is the best filter for your system but also keep an eye on your filters and clean or replace them as needed to help improve indoor air quality and keep your system running efficiently.
3. Check for Drafts Around Doors and Windows
Check for gaps around doors and windows that can let air, dirt, and bugs creep in. These gaps can let in chilly air in the winter and hot air in the summer, making it harder for your HVAC system to do its job. You can use weatherstripping or caulking to seal the gaps.
4. Inspect Your Ductwork
Leaky ductwork can also make it harder for your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable because it lets conditioned air escape before it has a chance to reach its destination. To check for leaks, hold a tissue near each joint in your ductwork while the system is running. If the tissue moves, there’s a leak that needs to be sealed. You will want a licensed HVAC technician who works with ductwork to complete this work.
5. Keep an Eye on Your Thermostat Settings
During the colder months, you’ll want to make sure you’re not inadvertently wasting energy by cranking up the heat too high or letting the house get too chilly by setting the thermostat too low. A programmable thermostat can help you stay comfortable while keeping energy costs under control.
By taking a few simple steps now, you can help ensure that your heating and air conditioning system is ready to keep you comfortable all winter long. So don’t wait. If you live in the Gaithersburg, MD, area, contact Presidential Heating & Air to schedule your appointment today.