9 Quick Fall HVAC Tips For Your Home
With colder months looming, there are several steps you’ll want to take to ensure your home and HVAC system weathers the chills safely. By taking these precautions, which will help your HVAC system directly and indirectly, you’ll enjoy a safer fall and avoid costly damage and HVAC malfunctions at the most inconvenient times. These steps will also help you increase HVAC efficiency.
Inspect Your Weatherstripping.
Check the weatherstripping around your windows and doors to be sure it’s in good condition. If not, your home will be drafty and counteract your heat system, making it work harder than necessary and causing undue wear. This one step could help lower your energy bills.
Check Your Insulation.
Double check the insulation in your attic, garage and walls to be sure it’s in good condition and without any gaps. Cold air seeping in will make your HVAC system work harder and raise your heating bills.
Test Your Thermostat.
Make sure your thermostat works properly before turning on your heat the first time. Assess your home’s heat with a separate reader, then check that against your thermostat’s reading. If there’s any discrepancy, call a local HVAC expert to evaluate the thermostat and help solve the problem.
Install New Filters.
Your HVAC system filters need to be changed once every 1 – 3 months. The onset of a new season is the perfect time to have them checked for dust, pollen and other debris, and replaced as needed.
Consider Your Landscaping.
Check your external HVAC parts for any growth that could interfere with them, like branches or bushes, by breaking and falling on them or clogging them. This is the perfect time to have any trees trimmed of overgrowth as well.
Open Any Closed Vents.
You want to keep all your air duct vents open, even in rooms you’re not using. The reason is that it allows heat to travel freely throughout your home, which also reduces stress on the HVAC system.
Seal Those Cracks.
Cracks in your home’s foundation or in the walls could let in cold air (as well as small rodents). If you see any cracks during your inspection, fill them right away before the weather turns colder.
Inspect Your Roof.
Are there any loose shingles on your roof that could let in rain or cold air? While you’re up there, clear any old leaves and debris from the gutters to save yourself hassle later.
HVAC Tune-Up and Home Performance.
Finally, it’s always a good idea to call a local plumber for a quick HVAC system tune-up to be sure you’re ready for fall weather. Your plumber can also conduct a home performance audit. This will assess, and help you enhance, your home’s energy efficiency, which can lower your bills and give you a better heating experience this fall and winter.
It’s wise to prepare emergency and cold-weather supplies as well, such as checking flashlights, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to be sure they have fresh batteries. Also, stock cold-weather blankets and other fall supplies in a space that’s easily accessible.