Unlike some parts of the country, Ohio has definite seasons. We can really feel the difference as summer passes and fall arrives. Cooler weather is a definite sign that it’s time to make preparations for the winter. You likely have a standard fall must-do list. Is your HVAC system on that list? If not, it should be.
Here’s what you should know about transitioning seasons and your HVAC system:
Your air conditioner is a sturdy piece of equipment, so it doesn’t require much in the way of putting it to bed for the winter. It is recommended that you have a look around the base, removing grass and weeds, and trimming back shrubs and any limbs that might break and fall onto it over winter.
Some homeowners like to cover the outdoor condenser up to keep out the elements, but unless you have problems with ice dams dripping onto the unit, or snow and ice freezing and melting repetitively inside the housing, your condenser is probably fine without a covering. Try fitting a sturdy plywood board on top and tying it in place with cords bolted to the ground. That’s probably plenty of protection for the season.
First, change the air filter. It’s always good to start the heating season with a clean filter.
Then, have a look around the home, making sure all the vents are clear of obstructions such as drapes, rugs and furniture. Vacuum the grilles and vent openings to remove dust and pet hair. Make sure dampers are open; otherwise, the system’s pressure will be out of balance.
If you’re able to safely crawl up on the roof, have a look at the exhaust ventilation for all combustion-powered appliances. Remove leaves and birds’ nests to eliminate the chance of trapping carbon monoxide in the home.
Test carbon monoxide monitors. If you don’t have any, acquire them.
Schedule your fall preventative maintenance to ensure your furnace is operating properly.
If you have questions about your HVAC system and transitioning seasons, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing. We serve Greater Cleveland.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues. For more information about TOPIC and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or give us a call at 440-345-8795.
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