We still have a few warm months to go in Tampa Bay, Florida, but as the weather changes, it’s important to check up on your HVAC unit, ductwork, and other related systems. Doing it now will pay off later when the weather gets cool enough to turn on your heater!
Fall AC Maintenance Checklist from Super Heat & Air
Inspect AC Units & Vents
Inspect the AC unit outside and remove any leaves, debris, or foliage that might obstruct airflow to the unit. Keep at least 2-3 feet of clear space around the outdoor unit.
Inspect all the vents inside your home and clean them if necessary. Ensure that all key air-flow areas are unobstructed.
Purchase and Install High-Efficiency Pleated Air Filters
Routine changing of air filters helps prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system. New air filters attract more particles due to their electrostatic charge. These kinds of filters are very effective at filtering particles, dust, pollen, dander, mold, etc. Perfect for those months when the windows are closed and the heater is on!
Turn on Each Heater/Furnace
If you wait until it gets cold to turn on the heater, you might not realize if there is a problem. If your home has a central heating and air system, switch it over to “heat” and make sure that it is running properly. While you’re at it, pull out any other space heaters and make sure that they are working too!
Replace Humidifier Filters
Now that you are changing out your HVAC filters, it’s a good time to change out any other filters that need it, or clean them if they are reusable.
Further reading: How Humidity Affects Your Air Conditioner
A humidistat is a small device that helps you monitor and maintain a set or preferred relative humidity in the air of your home. This might vary, but the Florida Solar Energy Center recommends at relative humidity of around 62%.
Check Duct-work and Insulation
Don’t let drafts or issues with your HVAC ductwork creep up on you once it’s cold! It’s best to get the ductwork and insulation inspected at least once a year to ensure that there aren’t any issues, holes, or tears in the ductwork or insulation. This will keep you warm and cozy this Fall/Winter season!
Related reading: How Often Should I Get My Ducts Cleaned?
Clean Air Conditioner
Before shutting your AC down for the season, dump a cup of bleach and water ( 50-50 mix) into the condensate drain. This will help prevent clogging by killing any algae or mold that tries to grow.
Clean Your House
You might be wondering, what does cleaning my house have to do with my HVAC? Well, keeping your home free of dust and allergens can help your HVAC run at peak efficiency as cleaner air moves through filters quickly. Fall is a great time to do a deep clean throughout your home. This also helps minimize the amount of dust, pollen, and dander that will recirculate through your HVAC system when your house is closed up during the colder months.
You won’t get reliable heating if your thermostat is off! Make sure that your thermostat is calibrated and working properly before the start of the heating season.
Call Your HVAC Pro
Fall is a great time to get routine maintenance done on your HVAC unit. The HVAC repair experts at Super Heat & Air will check to see if your HVAC unit is clean and functioning properly, and perform any tasks needed to get your unit ready to switch from cooling to heating for the cooler season!
This Fall, call on Super Heat & Air for all your HVAC maintenance needs! Routine maintenance with our membership plan reduces the need for future emergency repairs. It will keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency and save you money on electricity costs. If you’re experiencing problems with your HVAC system, let us check it out right away. Super Heat & Air specializes in preventing small problems from becoming larger ones. (813) 279-8213