Temperatures are finally cooling down in our area, which means many homeowners will soon switch from air to heat. It is important to pay attention to the HVAC unit during the transition in temperature because maintaining it will ensure a longer life for the unit.
If you have an outdoor HVAC unit, be sure to keep it clear of leaves and other debris. Rake or blow leaves regularly away from the unit to prevent them from clogging up any parts and causing damage. Try to keep at least 2 or 3 feet of space clear around them.
Regularly change filters to prevent dust and dirt from building up. Allergies still happen in the fall and keeping filters fresh will stop them from running rampant. This will also keep the overall air quality healthy in your home. Dust and vacuum vents when filters get changed as well.
Check the heat before it is actually needed. Letting it run and adjust when you feel that first crisp in the weather will let you know if there are any problems that need to be addressed before winter rolls around. There may be a bit of a burning smell when the heat is first turned on; this is to be expected. You just want to ensure that the home is being heated properly so you can stay cozy when it really cools down.
If your thermostat is programmable, set it to be turned up when you are away to cut energy costs and keep the home comfortable when you return.
Fall is an exciting season in the south and temperatures can be unpredictable. Enjoy the cooler weather while it is here and ensure that your HVAC unit lasts as long as possible through temperature changes.