Summer is coming to a close and fall is upon us. Pretty soon, we’ll be turning off the A/C units and eyeing the furnace. Before firing up your furnace, it’s a good idea to prepare the system. It’s better to check the system now rather than to discover an issue when you need to use it. Here are just a few things to check from the team at Allied Services, Inc.
Clean the Unit
Check for debris or damage if you have an outside unit. To guarantee optimal airflow and prevent dirt or leaves from getting on the coils or inside the unit, clear the area surrounding it of any leaves or sticks and keep the grass trimmed. If you do notice any damage, contact a professional for a proper inspection.
Replace Air Filters
Filters in your furnace and air conditioner that are dirty can harm your HVAC system in a number of ways. For instance, it can prohibit your system from effectively and sufficiently heating or cooling your home. Before turning off your air conditioner for the season, change the filter. To keep your system functioning correctly during the heating seasons, keep up with furnace filter replacements.
Check for Leaks
Sealing windows and doors using caulk and weatherstripping will stop drafts and reduce energy consumption in your home. Aluminum tape or mastic can be used to seal leaks in ductwork.
Check Alarms and Detectors
While not direct parts of the HVAC system, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are crucial safety equipment and should be checked before you begin using your furnace. New batteries should be put in to ensure they’re ready to go. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, you should replace your smoke detectors every 10 years. Check the smoke detector’s date of manufacture on the back if you are unclear about when it was last replaced. To check that each gadget is functioning properly, press the test button on it.
Schedule an HVAC Service
Schedule a maintenance checkup for your system to get it ready for fall. Expert technicians perform a complete inspection of your furnace during the checkup and make any required modifications to make sure your system is running properly.