A good way for you to keep up with seasonal HVAC maintenance is to pay attention to when it’s back-to-school time. Although the best of summer is yet to come, in a short time, school will be back in session before you know it. Chances are when your kids go back to school, your schedule is going to change too. With everyone out of the house and gone more, you’ll be able to lower your usage and make some adjustments to save more money. In the meantime, check out the following seasonal HVAC maintenance tips to keep your heating and cooling equipment going strong.
Now is a good time for you to clean the area surrounding your air conditioning system and heater. Get rid of any dirt and debris that are hanging around in those areas. If your units are covered with dirt or dust, wipe them off with a dry microfiber cloth. If there is caked on dirt on them, turn them off and unplug them before using a damp towel to get it off.
Depending on how your heating and cooling equipment is setup, you may need to take measures to keep the areas clean and less cluttered. Do not store any boxes, furniture or other items within seven feet of them. Sweep around them every few weeks to minimize the amount of dust and dirt accumulation.
If there are any weeds, shrubs and tall grasses near the compressor, you should trim them. Your compressor is not going to be very efficient if it has restricted airflow. Trimming back the plants allows for maximum airflow. Check your units often to ensure that you don’t have any unexpected complications with your heating and cooling equipment.
Schedule Seasonal HVAC Maintenance
You don’t have to wait until the exact first day of school to schedule maintenance for your heating and cooling equipment. Schedule it now so you can get it out of the way for the season. If you wait until the first few weeks of school or put it off until later in the fall, you could end up forgetting about it until your unit needs some repairs or replacement parts. Include scheduling seasonal HVAC maintenance on your honey-to-do list now and make some time in your busy schedule to get it done.
Change the Filter
You probably won’t need to run your HVAC system much in the next month or so, but there’s nothing wrong with changing the filter now. If you change it now, you can get it out of the way and not have to worry about it later on. It only takes a few minutes to change the filter and then you’re all set for the first two to three months after school starts.
Get to Know Your Thermostat
If you’ve become accustomed to manually operating your thermostat during the summer, now is a good time for you to upgrade to a programmable one. Take some time to learn how to use it properly. You may be surprised to see how much more efficient and intuitive it is versus your old thermostat. Once you know how to use it, you can set it up to maximize your home’s comfort without you having to adjust it as often.
Don’t wait until the cold weather sets in before you start giving your HVAC system the attention you need. For more seasonal HVAC maintenance tips and tricks, to schedule service or for questions, feel free to contact us at M & A HVAC Services. We’d love to address your heating and cooling concerns to optimize your home’s efficiency and comfort.