It’s hard to believe it, but another east Texas summer has come and gone. Done are the temperatures in the upper 90s and low 100s, as the cooler weather is finally here to stay.
While your A/C unit is likely happy to have a break in October’s milder temperatures, now is the perfect time to complete our Fall HVAC Maintenance checklist. Adding HVAC maintenance to your list while you pack up your other summer stuff will help ensure your heater is ready for winter and that your A/C is set up to work again next Spring when temps begin to rise yet again.
#1 Change Your Air Filter
Let your furnace start fresh by replacing your home’s air filter(s). Even if you’re still running your A/C for a couple of days here and there when temperatures rise, it’s always a good idea to pop in a fresh, clean filter before turning your heater on for the first time in winter.
#2 Adjust Your Thermostat
Now that the kids are back in school, your house may be empty all day. Programming your thermostat to Fall weather conditions is a great way to save money and give your HVAC system a much-needed break. Calibrate your home’s temperatures so you’re comfortable through all of the weather’s fluctuations, but remember, it isn’t necessary to have an ice-cold home when nobody is in it all day.
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, check out the ComfortLink™ II XL850 by Trane.
#3 Clear the Area Around Your Unit
During the warm summer months, weeds and other plants may have started to overgrow around your outdoor HVAC compressor. Clear these away, along with any other leaves or grass clippings, as these are not only fire hazards, but make good homes for nefarious animals looking to bunk down in winter.
#4 Schedule a Professional HVAC System Tune
Before your A/C shuts down and your heater gears up for winter, have a professional out to take a look at your unit. Your HVAC technician will inspect your A/C system, checking for any leaks, mildew formation, or any small mechanical problem that could potentially turn into a large issue.
Additionally, your HVAC technician will also help prepare your heater for the winter ahead. They will calibrate the thermostat, inspect and clean your furnace, test the airflow, measure the motor voltages and tighten any electrical connections. This tune-up will ensure your heater runs properly and safely during the winter months and will keep your warranty valid if you have one.
If your unit is old or malfunctioning, it could be time for a new system. During a tune-up visit, your HVAC technician can help you determine if a new unit could save you time and money. With a variety of new models on the market, like the XC95m Gas Furnace by Trane, you’ll be up and running with an upgraded system in no time. With higher SEER ratings than have ever been available in the past, you’ll use less energy and spend less money to keep your home comfortable for many winters to come.
Heating and Cooling Experts in East Texas – Air Solutions of Beaumont
At Air Solutions, we’re here to help you prepare your HVAC system for whatever the Texas winter brings. Whether you need an inspection, regular maintenance, or a brand-new unit, our experienced technicians are here for you and your home.
For more information about our heating system selection or to schedule an appointment for repair or maintenance, contact us today at (409) 962-2476, or visit us at airsolutionstx.com/contact.