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7 HVAC Maintenance Tips to Get Your System Ready for Fall

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As the days grow shorter and the air becomes crisper, it’s clear that fall is just around the corner.

While many of us look forward to cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes, it’s also time to prepare our homes for the changing weather. One crucial aspect is preparing your HVAC system for fall.

Proper HVAC maintenance ensures that your system operates efficiently, helps you save on energy bills, and prolongs the life span of your equipment. Here are our top HVAC maintenance tips for helping you get your system ready for fall.

Change the Air Filter

Changing the air filter is one of the simplest yet most effective maintenance tasks for your HVAC system. A clogged or dirty filter can restrict airflow, making your system work harder and less efficiently.

For the best results, replace your air filter every one to three months, depending on your system and the air quality in your area. This will ensure your HVAC system can deliver clean, warm air during fall.

Clean the Vents & Ducts

Over time, dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate in your vents and ducts, reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system. Before fall arrives, clean your vents and inspect your ducts for any signs of blockage or damage.

Consider hiring a professional duct cleaning service if needed. This will improve your indoor air quality and help your system run smoothly during the colder days ahead.

Check the Thermostat Settings

Review your thermostat settings to ensure they’re appropriate for the fall season. Consider programming your thermostat to lower the temperature when you’re asleep or away from home. This can help you save on energy costs while keeping your home comfortable.

Test the Heat Function

Before the chilly fall nights set in, turn on your heating system to test its functionality. Make sure warm air is coming from the vents, and no unusual sounds or odors come from your system. If you notice any issues, promptly contact a professional HVAC technician for repairs.

Seal Any Air Leaks

Inspect your home for drafts and air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings. Proper insulation and sealing of these gaps can significantly reduce energy loss and keep your home warmer during fall and winter. It also lightens the load on your HVAC system, reducing energy consumption.

Consider a Heating Replacement

If your HVAC system is old and inefficient, fall is an excellent time to consider upgrading. Newer systems are often more energy-efficient and can save you money on heating costs in the long run.

Many utility companies also offer rebates and incentives for upgrading to energy-efficient HVAC equipment.

Not to mention, under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), Pennsylvania homeowners can receive up to $2,000 in tax incentives for qualifying heat pump installations and $600 for qualifying installations of oil furnaces, boilers, and natural gas furnaces.

Schedule a Professional HVAC Inspection

While DIY maintenance is essential, you also need to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your system at least once a year. A fall HVAC inspection will ensure your system is in good working condition before winter.

Technicians can identify and address potential issues, such as worn-out components or leaks, to prevent costly breakdowns later.

Request Your Heating Tune-Up Today

Don’t let winter come without having scheduled your annual heating maintenance. BVSM Heating & Air Conditioning offers the comprehensive inspections you need to regain confidence in your heating equipment before the cold weather arrives.

Call 724-417-9550 to schedule your heating system tune-up today.

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