The temperature has dropped significantly over the past few weeks. As a result, you may have been tempted to turn on your furnace for the first time this year, especially during those chilly mornings when you would rather stay tucked away under your covers. But before you flip your thermostat from “Off” to “Heat,” make sure your HVAC system is ready.
Fall HVAC Maintenance Checklist
When chilly weather strikes, you want to be sure your HVAC equipment can handle the extra stress. We recommend that you take the following steps:
Change Your Air Filters
You should replace your dirty air filter before heating season. Dirty filters can reduce HVAC efficiency, increase energy costs, and decrease indoor air quality (IAQ). In fact, you should ideally change your filters every one to three months, more often if you smoke, have pets, or suffer from allergies.
Check the Thermostat
Does the temperature in your home match your thermostat settings? To find out, place a thermometer next to your thermostat. If they both read the same number, you are in good shape. If not, something isn’t right. Maybe you need more attic insulation, perhaps your windows aren’t very energy efficient, or maybe your HVAC system could use a tune up. There are several factors that play into your home’s energy efficiency.
Inspect Your Ductwork
Your ductwork plays an important role in HVAC energy efficiency (or lack thereof). If your ductwork is not adequately insulated, air could easily seep out through any cracks, causing your HVAC system to lose efficiency. The end result: high energy bills and decreased comfort.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research, duct leakage is responsible for the loss of as much as 40% of the heating and cooling energy put out by HVAC systems.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Your HVAC system should be inspected and serviced twice annually: spring and fall.
Fresh Air Concepts offers HVAC maintenance and installation services throughout the Baltimore area. We also offer several maintenance contracts geared towards extending the life of your HVAC equipment through meticulous inspections and annual maintenance.