Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips

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The cold weather is coming soon in Columbia, South Carolina and will be here to stay for quite some time. Since we are so used to blasting our AC units at full capacity in our climate, our customers might now know the proper maintenance tips and tricks to get your heater ready for the cooler weather. Don’t worry though, that’s where the team at Air Necessities comes in. Below, we will show you some simple things you can do on your own to make sure that you are prepared to stay warm and cozy the remaining fall and upcoming winter!

Replace Air Filters

When your air filters are dirty, they become “clogged”. Clogged air filters decrease the entire efficiency of your heating and cooling system. The air flow is hindered because it cannot push out air at a normal rate (because the blockage). Dust, pollen, debris, pet hair, etc. can all pile up on your filters. They need to be replaced every 1-3 months (depending on where you live, how many people are in your home, the number of pets you have, etc.).

Clean and Unblock All Vents

Take a walk around your home to make sure all of your return and supply air vents are clear of any obstructions. Make sure there are no pieces of furniture blocking the vents, no curtains in the way, no plants near it, etc. While you are checking to make sure that nothing is blocking your vents, take the time to clean them off of any dust that may have gathered near, on and around the vent area.

Adjust Your Thermostat

When you make the transition from cooling to heating, it’s a good idea to reprogram your thermostat and change the settings on it to accommodate the new weather. If your thermostat is currently blasting the AC unit during the middle of the day, adjust accordingly. You will be saving money and improving your comfort and efficiency from this simple step.

Consider Replacing Your HVAC System

Finally, consider replacing your HVAC system. There are many, many things that come into play when deciding whether or not to replace your system. The age, the cost of repairs, the frequency of your repairs, etc. If your HVAC system is on its last legs, how do you expect your heater to keep you warm when it’s freezing out? Make sure you have peace of mind that your system is working properly before heading into the winter time. Call your HVAC professional to schedule an inspection to see what actions need to be taken.