Winter is just around the corner, and that means two things: colder temps and the holidays. After a long, hot summer, your home or commercial HVAC system is due for some TLC (tender loving care). Don’t get caught without a properly working heater or air conditioner — consider these five tips from AC professionals at LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating to keep your HVAC systems working during the fall and preparing it for the winter. Our team provides quick, high-quality heating and cooling services to ensure your system keeps your home or business comfortable all year round.
During the summer, it’s common for homeowners and business owners to keep thermostats between 68 and 72 degrees. As the weather cools down, many think shutting off the AC units entirely is the answer to lowering utility bills. In fact, this can have the opposite effect. Most important to maintaining a comfortable inside temperature during the fall is to keep your thermostats up-to-date and compatible with your home or business. We recommend installing a thermostat that allows you to schedule changes in temperature for the best results. Faulty thermostats can translate into high energy usage, expensive utility bills, and discomfort for everyone. There is a myriad of thermostat options on the market — contact our Gainesville AC company to discuss the right thermostat for you!
Keep The Outdoor Unit Clear
Nothing good ever comes from a mess, and this applies to your outdoor HVAC unit, too! After working hard during the summer, AC units need a good cleaning, and as the autumn winds start blowing, leaves, branches, and other debris can quickly pile up around the unit. But objects resting on or around the unit can restrict airflow and put a strain on the unit, causing a breakdown or early failure. It’s better to leave detailed cleaning and AC maintenance to HVAC technicians so they can check for more serious problems such as mold or electrical issues.
Check The Evaporator Drain & Coil
A clogged evaporator drain can evolve into a much larger problem if overlooked. Mold and algae can block the evaporator drain over time which can lead to flooding in your home and costly repairs to the system. The evaporator coil can also accumulate dust over time which can affect the efficiency of your air conditioning. There are a few different commercially available no-rinse coil cleaners if you opt to clean the coils yourself — but for the most effective and thorough cleaning of your evaporator drain and coil, call LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating.
Change The Air Filter
Many air filters come with a recommendation to change them every 30–90 days to ensure the best possible indoor air quality. We have found that it’s better to switch the air filter every 30 days during the summer because pollen, dust, and other debris can build up and affect your air quality. Changing the air filter may seem simple enough, but there is a multitude of sizes and types that can be difficult to navigate without some help. Start out fresh for the fall — contact us today to get help with all your air filter needs!
Schedule Preventative Maintenance
It’s never good to find out your HVAC system needs repaired in the winter — save yourself the headache and schedule planned maintenance during the fall. Now is a perfect time for AC or heating repairs because it’s the offseason for technicians after the busy summertime. During this fall tune-up, we check a myriad of things to ensure your HVAC system is at its best including air filters, thermostats, refrigerant pressures, electrical connections, the flue draft, and more. Don’t wait until a problem arises, take action early — contact LIBERTYAIR Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule heating and air conditioning services today!