3 Tips for Preparing Your Furnace & AC for Fall
With Autumn just around the corner, it’s time to start preparing your heating and cooling system for Fall weather. Now don’t fret, there’s still plenty of summer to enjoy, but if you want to make sure your furnace and blower are ready when you need it them this winter, you’ll need to start making preparations soon.
Your furnace and AC system is an important piece of machinery, and as a machine, it needs a little TLC every now and again. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do yourself that will assist in the proper maintenance and functioning of your furnace and blower throughout the coming months. The G-Force team has put together this maintenance list for you to follow:
Replace Your Furnace Filters
You’ll want to take a look at the filters in your furnace and humidifier (if you have one). The changing of furnace filters isn’t too hard, and you can easily do it yourself. Typically, you should change your filters monthly, but sometimes things fall through the cracks during summer months – we understand. In winter, fresh filters are far more important. Most folks don’t keep windows or doors open in December, meaning that air quality in your home is profoundly impacted. Additionally, clean filters means your unit doesn’t have to work as hard to pump air through your house. Clean filters help cut costs when it counts! You’ll want to make sure your humidifier filter is clean too.
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Clean Inside Your Furnace and Air Conditioner
A damp cloth works wonders for cleaning your AC coils, fan, and furnace block assembly. Make sure that all power sources that run to your furnace and AC unit, including battery backup systems or electrically generated power, are unplugged. Slide the fan out and clean it with a damp cloth or use a brush to remove dust. A small vacuum can be used to get dust out of cracks and crevices. Some parts of your HVAC system aren’t all that accessible, and checkups and maintenance will require the deft hands of professionals. If you’re not comfortable cleaning your system yourself, just call the pros at Getzschman.
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Clean Your Ducts to Get Rid of Dust and Allergens
Speaking of pumping air throughout the house, you can also take a look at the vents and intake. Are they dusty? You’ll want to dust the vents throughout the year to help keep air flowing as efficiently as possible. Fall is an ideal time of year to have your ducts cleaned as well. Air duct cleaning gets rid of dust, pollen, animal hair & dander, dust mites and more. It’s important to have clean ducts when you’re going to be cooped up all winter with the windows closed and no fresh air circulating. It’s even more important if you have allergy sufferers living in your home.