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As the cooler weather creeps into Moore, you need to think about your HVAC system. The changes in temperature have a significant impact on your home’s heating and cooling system. Even if there is no snow on the ground, you need to consider how you’re caring for your HVAC system. Before you need heating or air conditioning repair, give your system some attention.

Tips for Maintaining Your HVAC This Fall

If you want to keep your HVAC system working well, you need to give it some TLC this fall. All of the following tips may extend the life of your HVAC and save you money on repairs:

Check Your Filters  

You should always check your HVAC filters at the end of a season. Even if you manage to change your filters every four months, you should go the extra mile and inspect them when the seasons change. This is particularly true of the fall. As the fall becomes winter, look at your filters. Typically, pollen and other particles accumulate and clog the fine mesh of the filter. If you inspect your filters and see dirt, replace them. A dirty filter causes many problems for an HVAC system. It could result in complete system failure if the issue persists. Why does this happen? When a filter is dirty, the particles block the flow of air, Your HVAC system needs to work much harder than it normally does, and the wear and tear are just too much for your heating and cooling system to handle. As a side note, you should always know how to change your filters. When you first move into a home, find out where your filters are located. You should also know the type of filter and the size of it. In some cases, homeowners have a reusable filter. If you have this type of filter, you can clean it off and place it back in its position. However, most homes have disposable filters. You must buy replacements of the right size and install them properly.  People often underestimate the importance of checking and cleaning their filters. Although it seems like a menial task, changing out your filters is essential to the functionality of your HVAC system. If you neglect it, you can almost guarantee that you will have problems with your heating and cooling. 

Consider Your Insulation

Although your home should be insulated all year long, it’s essential to have good insulation for the cold months. Insulation prevents the cold air from coming inside and the warm air from escaping your home. If your home has poor insulation, your HVAC system won’t be able to keep up with your home’s heating and cooling.  Before you make your HVAC system work much harder than necessary, you should check your insulation. It’s a task that belongs on your fall maintenance list and is also relatively easy. First, go into your attic and look at the exposed walls. Is there missing insulation? If so, you should buy insulation and place it wherever necessary. If you have an older home, you may need to hire a professional and have them assess your insulation needs. Years ago, insulation wasn’t nearly as functional as it is today. It might prevent some of the heat from escaping your home but will still cause significant heat loss. To improve the efficiency of your system, you may need to replace your insulation. It’s not cheap, and it is time-consuming, but replacing your insulation could make a significant change in your heating and cooling needs. 

Clean Grilles and Vents Outside

During the fall, leaves tend to accumulate around the vents of HVAC units. You can rake every day, but it probably won’t be enough to keep your HVAC unit safe from debris. And while a few leaves may seem innocent enough, they could pose a threat to your condenser unit. Any debris results in restricted airflow and affects the performance of your HVAC system. If you want to prevent the need for repairs, you should clean the area around your condenser. Remove leaves and trim bushes that seem close to the unit. If you see any debris inside your condenser, you need to call a professional to clean it.  Although some homeowners try to clean out their condenser units on their own, this can cause trouble. Your DIY efforts may cause a need for home air conditioner repair. If you don’t have the right training, your cleaning attempt could damage some of the sensitive equipment. You could do more harm than good. For the best results, you should call a professional and ask them to clean your condenser unit. Of course, this is also a part of a routine maintenance call. If you follow our next tip, you don’t need to worry about cleaning out your exterior unit.

Rely on a Professional

The most effective way to prepare for the colder weather is to call a professional. If you have a maintenance plan with a heating and cooling company, you don’t need to worry as much about your HVAC system. Rather, you can let a professional handle the job. When you schedule routine maintenance with a reputable company, you can count on your HVAC system getting the attention it needs. The technician goes through a long checklist to make sure your system is ready for the winter. Furthermore, they take measures to prepare your air conditioner for the cold and make sure it’s ready for you in the spring and summer months.

Who to Call for Air Conditioning Repair

Your efforts at HVAC maintenance may not be enough to keep your Moore air conditioner and heater working well. Or, you may have neglected your AC. Either way, you might need an HVAC professional to provide repair or maintenance to your system.  When you have trouble with your AC, call us at Home Comfort Solutions. Our team is here for you to take on all of your heating and cooling needs. In addition to repairing your air conditioner, we can also offer routine maintenance. Contact us today to learn more about air conditioning repair.