It's that time of year again when the leaves are changing and the cold air begins to build. It's also the time for you to prepare your AC system to ensure you have adequate heating throughout the cold weather that is inevitable.
AUTUMN HVAC TIPS
An HVAC unit works all through the year, keeping a cozy temperature inside your home throughout summer and winter season. It is important to perform adequate maintenance on your HVAC system regularly. The last thing you want in September is your HVAC system to breakdown and leave you shuddering with cold. Prevent issues with your unit this autumn and winter by using these measures to ensure a properly operating system.
The worth of your home normally increases over the years, so long as it remains properly maintained, follow our autumn HVAC tips to get the best out of it. Deferred routine maintenance is a huge detractor from a home's perceived & real value. Whether you try to sell or remortgage your home, in the future, the appearance of upkeep will show up in dollars.
Listed below are ten things you can do, this Fall, to keep and improve your home's equity.
1. Remove or Cover Air Conditioning Units.
2. Paint Interior Rooms – it is still warm enough to leave windows open, giving essential fresh air when working with toxic gases. In addition, open windows and a good autumn breeze can help the paint dry faster.
3. Check Furnace – change air filters, check belts & clean virtually any parts that need it. If your warranty entails or requires professional HVAC check up, now is a good time to do it – before a problem should occur.
4. Inspect safety devices. Ensure your smoke detectors, fire detectors, and carbon monoxide or radon alarm systems are in good, working condition. Replace the batteries 2 times a year. I live in an area that has daylight savings time, so I like to use that as my reminder to change batteries. This tip could work for you, too!
5. Thoroughly clean leaves & debris from rain gutters. Remove them, if required to be sure they are draining properly. I like to point downspouts towards landscaped areas, to supply the extra water to plants that will utilize it.
6. Clean & winterize garden maintenance equipment. This will ensure that things like rakes and hoes do not rust & keep the interior of your lawnmower's engine. Failure to add fuel stabilizer before storing your lawnmower for the winter will probably lead to considerable maintenance and repair, come spring.
7. Check doors & windows for adequate insulation & climate stripping. You must start to make improvements to protect against winter drafts. This will keep your house warmer & always keep your energy costs lower.
8. Get your sensitive landscaping Winter-ready. You can rake fallen leaves around the base of rose bushes. There are a lot of chemical and organic winterizers available on the market – you can ensure that your ground is nourished all Winter.
9. Make sure that chimneys are not blocked. Things such as bird nests as well as collected leaves accumulate during the Summer when you are not looking. Have your wood burning fireplaces swept every year.
10. Have a great time & beautify! Delayed Fall is a good time to beautify your exterior with Christmas lights, in case you choose to do so. You can position them up when it is not very cold out & not light them until after Thanksgiving.
By simply following these ten simple steps, you can be sure that your home is secured from drafts, leaks, fire, and a host of maintenance problems. Keeping ahead of the issues caused by deferred maintenance will save time, stress and finances, in the long run.