In this guide, we’ll provide you with an end-of-summer HVAC maintenance checklist that’ll help you prepare your HVAC unit for the colder months. Not maintaining your HVAC system reduces the equipment’s life and increases costs by up to 40 percent.
With summer coming to a close, it’s time to start switching from cooling to heating. This switch is a perfect time to perform maintenance on your system. Maintenance can be intimidating if you’re a new homeowner or have never done it on your own before.
Read below to discover our end-of-summer HVAC maintenance checklist.
- Change Your Air Filter
Your air filter needs replaced every month. Switching seasons is a great reminder to put in a new filter. Always turn off your system before replacing the air filter. Follow the provided instructions. Make sure there are no gaps around the frame before turning your system back on. Throughout the season, dander, mold, dust, and pollen gets stuck in your filter. Replacing the filter will improve your system’s efficiency and help provide clean air.
- Clean Outdoor Condenser Unit
Clean your outdoor condenser unit to ensure your HVAC system is up to speed. You will need to buy an air conditioner coil cleaner. First, you’ll want to turn the system completely off. Use a hose to clean off any loose debris from the unit. Then spray the outside of the unit with your coil cleaner. Let this sit for about 15 minutes and rinse the coils off with your hose.
- Clean Indoor Vents and Air Return
Your indoor vents and air return collects dust, pollen, and dirt throughout the season. Remove your duct covers and use a vacuum to collect dust and dirt from the inside of your vent. Use a powerful vacuum that has a long hose so that you can reach far into the vent. Then use a cloth and wipe down the inside of the vents. You can use an all-purpose cleaner on the cloth to get rid of as much dirt as possible. Wash the vent covers with hot, soapy water. If you haven’t cleaned them in a while, let them sit in the water to make cleaning easier.
- Adjust Your Thermostat Settings
When the temperatures change outside, you need to adjust your thermostat inside. Adding this step to your HVAC maintenance checklist saves you money. It also allows you to check if your HVAC system is working right before the cold temperatures strike. In the summer, the recommended temperature is 78 degrees. Then lower the temperature to 68 degrees in the winter. These temperatures will vary based on your family’s comfort level. If you forget to adjust your thermostat consider installing a smart thermostat. These wifi-enabled thermostats adjust to your lifestyle and provide the most efficient temperatures.
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After working hard all summer, your HVAC system needs a good check-up. If your system still isn’t working right, schedule a professional maintenance check.
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