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3 Tips For Transitioning Your HVAC System Into Fall And Winter

by Amelia Martin

During the warmer months, one of the last tasks on your mind is preparing your HVAC system for the fall and winter. As the cooler months approach, now is the time to check your system to determine if it is sufficient to withstand whatever mother nature has to offer.

Keep Your Outside Unit Clean

Do weekly inspections of your outside unit and clear the area around it of debris or grass. Although the weather will slowly cool down, grass and weeds are still plentiful and can obstruct airflow around your unit. As the weather cools off more, you will need to keep dead leaves from falling inside your unit or piling up around it. A wire cage around your outside unit is an excellent investment for several reasons. It will minimize the amount of debris that is able to clog up your unit and can also prevent tampering.

Remove Dust And Dirt Indoors

The indoor unit is often located in a utility closet or other inconspicuous location that is rarely cleaned. If you have a vacuum with a hose attachment, do a light cleaning of dust located on and around the unit. Use the lowest setting of your vacuum to gently go over the unit. It is often unnecessary to make direct contact between the hose and the unit to remove fine layers of dust and dirt. If you see more dust between crevices of the unit, it is best to cut off the power or ask a professional how to safely remove dust and dirt. Use the same tactic to remove dust from air vents, especially ones located in the floor. A light cleaning will reduce the amount of dust and dirt that circulates through your home and can prevent the burning smell when the heat is turned on for the first time.

Look Out For Gas Leaks

If your furnace uses gas, check for gas leaks before the weather becomes too chilly. As soon as you can turn on your heating system on comfortably, allow it to run for a few minutes and walk around your home to determine if you notice the smell of gas. You should also check around the exterior of your home for any unusual smells. Since mercaptan is added to natural gas, which is otherwise odorless, even small gas leaks should be noticeable. If you notice any unusual smells indoors or outdoors when your furnace is running, cut it off immediately and contact an HVAC professional. Even when you are unsure if the smell is a gas leak, you can call your local gas supplier for an inspection of your gas lines.

As the lazy days of summer wane, now is the time to prepare your HVAC system for the cooler months. By starting as soon as the weather begins to transition, you will be adequately prepared for the fall and winter. For assistance, talk to a professional like Davco Heating & Cooling, LLC.