HVAC Preventive Maintenance Tips for Fall and Winter
With fall and winter holidays quickly approaching, now’s the perfect time to do some routine maintenance on your heating and cooling system. Although winters in Tallahassee generally aren’t too chilly, the last thing you want is your furnace breaking down in the middle of a cold snap. Below are some insightful tips on fall HVAC preventive maintenance.
Fall HVAC Preventive Maintenance Tips:
1. Clean or Replace Your Air Filters
This should be done every 1-3 months. Dirty HVAC filters restrict airflow and reduce the entire efficiency of the HVAC system. If you have not cleaned or changed the air filters of your system for a while, now is the perfect time to do it. Luckily, John D. Jones provides this service. We would be happy to come and check out your air filters to ensure great air quality. To be safe, inspect your air filter every 30 days to see if it is dirty and clogged.
2. Unblock All Vents and Registers
Go around your home and make sure all of your return and supply vents and registers are clean and clear. Double-check that none of them are blocked by rugs, furniture, or closed off in any way. Not only does this ensure good airflow, but it can also prevent fires or other disasters.
3. Reprogram Your Thermostat
When you start transitioning from cooling to heating, it’s a good idea to reprogram your thermostat. You can save a lot of money with a smart or programmable thermostat — you just have to make sure it’s set properly. Lower the thermostat temperature for the times you aren’t at home to save some money and energy. You can save “1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long” (U.S. Department of Energy). Find a program that works best for you and your home, and stick to it. You will see the difference in your electricity bill!
4. Professional HVAC Inspection
Have you had your HVAC system serviced this fall? A well maintained and serviced HVAC system is highly efficient in both its functionality and energy consumption. John D. Jones AC, Heating and Refrigeration suggests scheduling an inspection for your HVAC system at least twice a year, once in the fall for the heating system and once in the spring for the cooling system. The inspection is meant to detect any potential problems and ensure that the HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible.
5. Consider Replacing Your HVAC System
Considering the age of your heating system and your current energy bills should be the first thing you do. Heating systems that are more than 10 years old are only 40-60 % efficient. If your HVAC system is on its last legs, seriously consider replacing the entire HVAC system. Unit breakdowns are frustrating, avoiding those is ideal. Today, gas furnaces available in the market boast efficiency ratings as high as 97%. Our experienced technicians will check filters, inspect electrical switches, belts, contacts, motors, safety switches, gas pressure, and refrigerant levels.
Finally, remember that qualified heating and cooling technicians at John D. Jones are here to help you year-round. For homes in the Tallahassee, FL area, routine maintenance tune-ups for your HVAC system will extend the life of your system and improve the efficiency of your home. To schedule an appointment with the Panhandle’s most trusted HVAC contractor, visit our website or we would be happy to talk to you at 850-688-0562. John D. Jones A/C, Heating & Refrigeration is fully licensed and insured. We offer round the clock emergency service.