Fall has arrived! In eastern North Carolina that means that you may be preparing for football season, holidays, and cold weather. As you are putting away the beach chair and bringing down the fall clothes, don’t forget your HVAC system needs heating maintenance. Here are some things that you can do to prepare your HVAC system for the heating season.
Clean Around Your HVAC System
You can prepare for the heating season by cleaning the area around your HVAC system. Fall is an ideal time to clear leaves, shrubs, branches, mulch, straw, and other debris from your outdoor unit. Also be sure beach chairs, tote boxes, and other items are not leaning on your air handler or furnace. Make sure to keep at least a two-foot clearance around your indoor and outdoor unit. This will ensure that your outdoor unit can maintain proper airflow.
Not only does your HVAC system provide comfort for your family, but it also helps keep your indoor air clean. As the weather turns cooler, you will find that you spend more time indoors. This means your indoor air quality is more important than ever. This is one reason why The Air Doctor recommends that you change your HVAC filters every one to three months. Don’t forget to also vacuum the return grills once you have changed the filters. Changing your air filters and cleaning the returns will ensure that your system is getting proper airflow and not circulating dirty air. You can learn more about How To Change Your HVAC Filters by visiting our Customer Education section.
You can read more about improving your indoor air quality here.
Check Carbon Monoxide Detectors
If your heating system uses gas to heat you must have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. It is produced any time fuel is burned in vehicles, stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, etc. Exposure to carbon monoxide can be deadly to people and pets. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, passing out, upset stomach, and chest pain. Running your heat without regular maintenance can be dangerous. Cracked heat exchangers can cause carbon monoxide to leak into your home. The CDC recommends that you have your heating system and other gas appliances maintenanced every year. Schedule your fall maintenance now so that you can rest easy knowing your heating system is running safely.
Schedule Heating Maintenance
Like most homeowners, you won’t be ready to run your heat immediately. When that first chilly fall night arrives, you want to know that your heating system is ready for its moment to shine! When you schedule your early fall heating maintenance with The Air Doctor, you can rest assured that your system will be ready when you need it most.
Regular maintenance ensures that your unit is ready for the heating season and running safely. It will also help you stay ahead of possible costly repairs. If your system does require a major repair, The Air Doctor has maintenance agreement options that give customers a discount on service calls. It is never too late to schedule maintenance for your HVAC system. If you are reading this later in the fall or winter season you can still schedule your heating maintenance.
Call The Air Doctor at 252-215-0966. Make sure when you schedule your heating maintenance that you ask about our contract options.