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HVAC Maintenance Must Be In Your To-do List Before Winter Season

HVAC Maintenance Must Be In Your To-do List Before Winter Season

As Winters are approaching us, soon - and it always happens before you realize it - you'll be changing the setting on your thermostat if not already done to heat. When it comes to HVAC, it's a great time of year to perform routine maintenance and apply fixes that improve year-round comfort, especially

 

  1. Schedule an HVAC inspection and maintenance visit.

It's important to make sure your heating equipment is in top shape before winter. During the fall or pre-winter, perform regular tune-ups and inspections of HVAC systems. The emphasis, of course, is on furnace and electric heating system maintenance.

You want to catch heating problems before they become major issues. That's why fall inspection is very critical and it includes tasks like:

  • Checking the condition of your heat exchanger using a combustion analyzer
  • Inspecting your flue pipe and draft diverter
  • Testing the blower capacitor
  • Checking the blower motor AMP draw
  • Checking the inducer motor AMP draw
  • Inspecting the cleanliness of your blower assembly
  • Testing heat rise
  • Checking the pilot light and hot surface ignitor
  • Inspecting ductwork
  • Monitoring safety: CO leaks, gas leaks, and nearby combustibles

 

You can sign up for your fall inspection with us here. For a complete rundown of everything we check, download our fall inspection checklist.

 

  1. Monitor your relative humidity.

Air conditioners have two basic functions:

  • Lowering the temperature inside your home (by removing heat)
  • Reducing the relative humidity (by removing moisture)

In early fall since your air conditioner isn't running as often as temperature is just right but that does not mean your humidity levels are also perfect. When it comes to humidity, not running your air conditioner could be a problem if you're not removing enough humidity to stay comfortable.

In some homes, it's not an issue. The AC isn't on, but you still feel good. However, in other homes, people feel clammy or sweaty even though they are "comfortable" temperature-wise. If you have felt that way, you might have a humidity problem.

To find out is you have a humidity issue, get a humidistat and start monitoring your relative humidity! They are inexpensive and available online or at home improvement stores, a battery-powered humidistat can track the relative humidity, or RH, in your home all through the fall.

If it's consistently above 65% RH, that means your air conditioner isn't running enough to remove humidity. There are three things you can do:

 

  • Lower the temperature on your thermostat. This probably isn't ideal because you'll be running the AC when the temperature is in the 60s or low 70s. You'll be cold.
  • Install a variable speed air conditioning system. If your AC is nearing the end of its life, replacing it with a variable speed unit can help with humidity. The AC will run more often during the fall, but at a lower speed. Since cycles are longer, it can help you keep humidity at an acceptable level.
  • Install a whole-house-dehumidifier. Whole-house units tie into your existing HVAC system. When the humidity is too high (and your AC is between cycles or set to "off"), the dehumidifier turns on and reduces humidity to a comfortable level - usually 50% RH. This maybe most cost effective solution.

 

  1. Schedule big HVAC or home performance projects.

Need to replace your HVAC system, add a dehumidifier, or perform energy efficiency improvements in your attic or crawlspace? Fall is a much better time to do those things than summer or winter since you do not use that much.

The same goes for home performance projects. If you're air sealing or adding insulation to your attic, we have to keep the attic hatch open all day - maybe multiple days. It's better to do these things during the fall when you're not as reliant on mechanical systems to stay comfortable.

 

  1. Take advantage of special financing or cash back.

If you decide to install new HVAC equipment, ask us about special financing. Please check our financing promotional deals available at our website.

If you are not financing and making full down payments, not issues, you still save and get discount on purchasing with full payments. Also remember, new HVAC equipment might not cost as much as you think it does. Please contact us and our sales team can provide you our best offer.

Fall is time to enjoy the season but don't forget about HVAC maintenance as winters are approaching.

We'll be performing lots of fall inspections by November, so now is a great time to schedule yours. Even if you don't need new equipment this year, it's important to make sure your existing system will get you through the heating season.

 

In the meantime, enjoy the fall season and get prepared for winter as it will be here before you know it. So better be ready!

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