October is the time to prepare for fall’s glorious colors before winter’s chill sets in. It’s also when you should be putting HVAC maintenance on your to-do list. By following these easy-to-do steps, your home’s HVAC system will be all set for the rest of fall, winter, and into early spring.
Clean Up the Outdoors
After the summer monsoon season, your outdoor HVAC unit might be surrounded by excessive debris, palm fronds, leaves, branches, and dirt. Clean the top and sides and clear a three-foot radius around the unit making certain nothing is obstructing air flow.
Change Out the Air Filter
Changing your air filter this month is a great way to ensure proper airflow in your home. Often an oversight, the AC air filter is one of the most important system components. An air filter that has become clogged with undesirable contaminants or excessively dirty with pollen, pet dander, mold, or dust will let pollutants and allergens circulate throughout your home environment. The cleanliness of AC air filters is essential for family members who are especially sensitive to air quality indoors and outdoors. Filters with a paper or cardboard frame are disposable, while those air filters with a plastic or metal frame may be reusable and washable. From April to October, it’s best to replace your disposable air filters monthly or thoroughly clean reusable air filters.
The condensate drain line is important to the proper functioning of your house’s AC system. The drain line does several things with the most critical function being to drain excess moisture outside of your house. When air is cooled inside your HVAC system, a large volume of humidity is released. The humidity turns into condensation and the condensate line keeps moisture from building up inside your home and HVAC unit. Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and corrosion. Inspect the drain line located near the outdoor condenser unit and check to make certain it’s not restricted by vegetation or blocked by dirt or debris.
Time for Maintenance
While there are many AC spring cleaning tasks you can easily do as a homeowner, a fall preventative maintenance appointment for your HVAC system is a smart way to keep it running safely and efficiently for the cooler weather ahead. Your local professionals at Bruce’s will do a thorough inspection, cleaning, and any needed repairs, ensuring your HVAC system and all its parts are functioning properly.
Time for Scheduling an Appointment
Now is the best time to schedule an appointment today with your highly skilled and dependable professionals at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating. Call us today to schedule your fall HVAC maintenance tune up at 480-968-5652.