How To Get Your HVAC Ready For The Fall Transition

HVAC Unit Outdoors

When it comes to good home maintenance, one of the most important things you can do is prepare for the weather when the seasons change. Here are some steps you can take now so that this Fall can be a smooth transition!



If you have a central air system, it's vital to ensure it's clean and free of debris. Make sure that the coils are free of dirt and dust, too. If they're clogged with debris, they won't be able to cool your home properly during the fall and winter months.

  • Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the area outside your vents.

  • You can also use a wet rag to clean the ducts, but properly dry the surface after cleaning.

  • Also, avoid using power washers for your outdoor HVAC unit, as this type of cleaning is too aggressive for these delicate systems.

It's also essential to ensure that your cooling system is in good working order so it can efficiently keep things cool inside your house this fall and winter seasons.


Filters And Insulation

Seal any leaks you might spot around your windows or even doors. Leaks and drafts can cause higher energy bills, indoor air quality problems, mold, and mildew. Proper insulation allows you to keep your home warmer in the colder months and not have your heat cranked up constantly.

Remember also to change your air filter. This is an excellent time to change the filter in your HVAC system to ensure that it operates optimally for the fall weather ahead. You want to aim for an air filter change roughly every two months if you live in an area with heavy dust or pollen.


Check Your furnace.

Check the filter. If you don't have a filter, consider installing one. Filters clean the air that comes into your home and help keep dust and allergens from entering your system. They're easy to replace and can be purchased at most hardware stores or online.

Check the thermostat settings. Make sure that your thermostat is functioning ahead of the colder weather so that way you are not faced with uneven heating later on.

Check your furnace's pressure switch. This part regulates airflow through your heating system, so ensure that it's working correctly by testing its settings with a multimeter.


The Important Step

Make sure to schedule a routine inspection for your HVAC system! We know that there are many DIY solutions for everyday HVAC issues, but sometimes you cannot DIY your way out of faulty components or irregularities in airflow. Proper inspections can spot leaks in your air ducts, furnace leaks, or even potential issues with the fan motor ahead of the colder weather. You want to get your system inspected annually to ensure all components are correctly functioning.

If you are worried about the cost of a routine check-up, consider the cost of maintenance once a year versus the cost of frequent repairs due to a faulty HVAC unit.

Valairco is your best resource for HVAC questions, and we want to offer you the best help. So call (855) 661-3300 today to schedule your next maintenance check-up!