Now that the long, hot days of summer are coming to a close, it is time to give your air conditioner a rest. Soon, you will be firing up your furnace for the long winter days. While it is important to start getting your heater ready for the cold season ahead, it is just as important to give your air conditioner some TLC before it gets put to bed for the winter.
It is important that the transition from cool air to hot be as smooth as can be so that your HVAC system can run efficiently all year long. Here are four easy things you can do to get ready for the changing of the seasons.
1. Clear All of the Vents
Over the dusty summer days, dirt and debris can build up very heavily in the HVAC unit. Before your home is closed up for the many approaching winter days, it is crucial to have clean vents so that your air can be easily circulated. You do not want to have old summer dust flowing through your home this winter.
2. Change the Air Filters
For many, DIY projects are second nature, but dealing with the HVAC system can be overwhelming. Who wants to cause really expensive damage to the unit, especially when the days are about to turn chilly?
However, there are some simple tasks that you can confidently handle on your own. One of the best things that any homeowner can DIY is changing the air filters. This is one of the best things you can do to keep your unit running efficiently.
If the filters become clogged, it can slow down the entire system, causing additional strain. This additional strain will ultimately cause your HVAC to wear out prematurely. Air filters are very inexpensive and are very easy to install in just a few minutes.
3. Consider Installing a Programmable Thermostat
If you do not already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat for your HVAC system. A programmable thermostat will let you set the temperature to your own schedule. If you will not be home during most of the day, you can set it lower. You can set the temperature to increase an hour or so before you return home so that the house is comfortable.
You can also now purchase bluetooth-programmable thermostats, which you can set from your smart phone from any location. This programmable technology can do wonders for the health of your HVAC unit. It prevents the unit from getting too overworked when you are not directly benefiting from it.
In addition to keeping your HVAC unit from becoming overworked, you are also going to save some money on your utility bills. By programming your thermostat, it will not go on and off while you are not home, which can be a burden on your budget.
4. Clean Up Outside the Condenser
While it is important to keep your vents and air filters clean on the inside, it is just as important to clean up the outdoor components. The outside condenser is a very important part of the overall system that needs some attention from time to time.
Before the fall sets in, be sure to go outside and remove any debris or weeds that have accumulated around the condenser. As the leaves begin to fall, you will need to go out and remove all leaves and other debris that can quickly accumulate around the unit.
If there is too much debris around the condenser, the air will not be able to flow through as freely. When the air cannot easily flow thorough the unit, you are risking some serious damage. The motor in the condenser can burn up and stop working if there is not enough air flow. Taking a few minutes each month to clean up around the condenser can save you a lot of money.
If you have any questions about your HVAC system or if you need maintenance during the seasonal changes, please contact Seliga Heating and Cooling.