HVAC Maintenance Checklist: Fall

HVAC Maintenance Checklist: FallNow that cooler weather has arrived, it’s the ideal time to tackle essential HVAC maintenance to ensure that your home stays comfortable and your equipment stays in top condition throughout the coming winter. Here’s a helpful checklist of what fall maintenance should include:

Put in a Fresh Furnace Filter

Installing a clean filter is vital to keep air flowing properly through your heating system so it can operate at maximum efficiency. It’s equally important to check the filter monthly during the heating season, and replace it when there’s any debris buildup or every three months.

Adjust Your Thermostat Programming

Now is also the right time to make any needed changes to the setback times or temperatures on your programmable thermostat. If you haven’t upgraded to a programmable model yet, doing so now can give you ample to learn how to set automatic temperature adjustments for the times you’re usually asleep or not at home.

Clean the Air Registers

Giving all the registers a good cleaning is another way to ensure efficient airflow through the heating system. Remove the vent covers and wipe off dust and debris, then vacuum out the open duct boots. When you replace the covers, check that all louvers are open and no vents are blocked by furniture or household items.

Have the Exhaust Flue Cleaned

To avoid any issues that might cause a backup of exhaust fumes containing lethal carbon monoxide, have your flue cleaned before heating season arrives. A flue cleaning will clear out any soot deposits and debris that can cause an obstruction like dead leaves, twigs and seed pods or bird/rodent nests.

Schedule Professional Maintenance

Booking a professional preventive maintenance appointment now can give you peace of mind that your heating system is operating safely and efficiently. A technician will inspect, clean and tune up all your critical system components like the heat exchanger, blower unit, fuel burner, electrical components, thermostat, and safety controls, and advise you about any issues that need attention.

For expert help tackling fall maintenance on your Middletown home’s HVAC system, contact us 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 fall maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482.

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