Fall Maintenance Tips
The first digit of the temperature is finally a comfortable â€œ7,â€ or even a chilly â€œ6.â€ Your air conditioning cycles on less and less frequently, and itâ€™s only a matter of time before you have to switch the setting to â€œheatâ€ and pull out some warmer clothes. That means itâ€™s a perfect time to perform some preventative maintenance on your HVAC system; you can get ready for the winter while dealing with the fluctuating temperatures of the fall.
There are some DIY tasks that homeowners can take on before even calling Johns. Make sure youâ€™re taking these simple steps this fall:
- Replace your filters: Filters are vital for airflow and efficiency, so make sure you change yours according to the package directions. Most filters last from one to three months before getting choked with dust and debris.
- Check your thermostat: Most programmable thermostats have separate heating and cooling settings with time periods that need to be programmed separately. Make sure that your thermostat is set for maximum efficiency, especially for periods when no one will be home.
- Check around outdoorÂ units: If you have any exterior units, make sure the area around them is clear of grass, branches, leaves, and dirt.
- Clear the vents: A simple vacuum cleaner can clear the summer dust and pollen from your vents.
- Seal windows and doors: Check your weather stripping and caulking to make sure your home is draft-free.
- Consider additional insulation: Attics and crawl spaces are notorious for reducing the energy-efficiency of older homes. Blowing in additional insulation can keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Once youâ€™ve taken care of these basics, call Johns for your fall tune-up. This routine maintenance not only keeps your system running more efficiently, it helps identify potential future problems, helping you to avoid costly emergency service. Weâ€™ll give your furnace and vents a thorough inspection to keep you warm and comfortable through the winter.