Fall is fast approaching, and with it comes cooler temperatures that will have you cranking up your HVAC system. But before you turn up the heat, it’s important to make sure your HVAC system is ready for the change in weather. By taking a few simple steps, you can ensure that your heating and cooling system will run efficiently and keep your home comfortable throughout the fall season.

Change Your Air Filter

Your air filter is responsible for capturing dust and other airborne particles, to keep your home’s air quality high. Over time, your air filter can become clogged with dirt and debris, so it’s important to change it regularly to maintain the performance of your heating and cooling system. A dirty air filter can cause your system to work harder, leading to higher energy usage and increased wear-and-tear on your system. By changing your air filter every one to three months, you can help keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently.

Clean Your Outdoor Unit

Your outdoor HVAC unit is exposed to the elements year-round, and it’s especially important to keep it clean and free of debris as we head into fall. Leaves, grass clippings, and other debris can accumulate around your outdoor unit, clogging the system and reducing your system’s airflow. To clean your outdoor unit, turn off the power to your HVAC system, then remove any debris and gently clean the fins with a garden hose. Be careful not to use a pressure washer or any other high-pressure cleaning method, as this can damage your system.

Check Your Thermostat

Fall is the perfect time to make sure that your thermostat is working properly and set to the right temperature. A malfunctioning thermostat can cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently or even fail altogether, which can lead to costly repairs. Test your thermostat by turning it on and checking that your HVAC system responds as expected. If you notice any issues, be sure to call a professional HVAC technician to take a look.

Schedule Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance can help identify small problems before they become big issues, and keep your system running efficiently for longer. Fall is a great time to schedule a maintenance appointment, as this will give you plenty of time to identify any issues and make any necessary repairs before the cold winter months arrive. During a maintenance appointment, an HVAC technician will inspect your system for signs of wear and tear, clean your system’s components, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure optimal performance.

Consider an Upgrade

If you’ve been considering upgrading your HVAC system, fall is a great time to do it. Upgrading to a more energy-efficient model can help you save money on your energy bills and reduce your environmental impact, while also increasing the comfort of your home. With new models including smart thermostats and zoned heating and cooling systems, there are plenty of options to choose from that can help you customize your home’s comfort level.

Taking care of your HVAC system is key to keeping your home comfortable and energy-efficient throughout the fall season. By taking a few simple steps, you can help ensure that your HVAC system is ready to tackle whatever the fall weather brings. At Napora Heating & Cooling, we’re happy to help you with all of your HVAC needs. We’re located in Webster, NY and proudly serve homeowners throughout the Greater Rochester area. Contact us today! We can be reached by calling 585-472-1164 or sending an email through our contact page.