Transitioning Between Seasons and Your HVAC System

Transitioning Between Seasons and Your HVAC SystemWith fall on the doorstep, the time to switch your HVAC system over to heating is fast approaching. Taking the right steps can make transitioning seasons easier, and give you peace of mind that your heating system will operate reliably and efficiently throughout the coming winter months. Here’s how to ensure a smooth seasonal transition with your HVAC system:

Improve Airflow At The Registers

To keep pressure in your HVAC system balanced and avoid a decline in efficiency, or overheating that causes a sudden system shutdown, your registers must be open and unobstructed. To avert such problems, check for open louvers on every supply register, and make sure that your return grilles aren’t covered up by children’s toys, area rugs, long drapes or any other household items.

Change Ceiling Fan Direction

During cooling season, your fan likely ran on high with the blades spinning counter-clockwise to push cool air down from the ceilings. Right now, it’s time to put the fans on their slowest speed and adjust the blade-direction button on the fan housings so they’re spinning clockwise. This draws up cool air from floor level, and pushes warm air that’s risen to the ceiling out and down along the walls.

Switch Out Your Air Filter

Transitioning seasons is a good reminder for you to inspect and switch out your HVAC air filter if it’s dirty, because a clogged up filter can also affect vital system airflow. With a fresh filter in place, it can’t restrict airflow or put extra strain on the heating system, so it’s able to run reliably and efficiently.

Schedule Heating System Maintenance

To complete the transition, have a certified technician perform detailed maintenance on your heating system, so that your home stays comfortably warm and you avoid hazards like carbon monoxide exposure. A technician should test and assess all critically-important elements including the gas burner, exhaust flue, blower motor, heat exchanger and system controls, to ensure that everything is in optimal working condition.

For expert help transitioning seasons with the HVAC system in your Middletown home, contact us today at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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