While temperatures in central Florida aren’t exactly below zero, there are some nights where temps can be as low as 31 degrees. Don’t be left stranded on a cold winter night with a broken furnace. Make sure you and your family can stay warm and cozy through the colder months with fall heating maintenance!
Our experts at Mid-Florida Heating & Air discuss what homeowners should do to keep their heating systems working properly to prepare for the winter months.
Clean & Replace Air Filters
Your heating system cannot function properly with dirty air filters. By cleaning and replacing your air filters, your HVAC system can produce clean air at peak efficiency. You may have just one air filter, or you may have many throughout your home, but the importance of clean air filters remains the same.
We recommend changing your air filters about every 3 months, but you may need to change them more frequently depending on the size of your home or if you have lots of pets. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned your air filter, it’s probably time for a new one. Get a fresh start this fall by cleaning or replacing your air filters, to save yourself time and money.
Clear Debris Around AC Unit
Cleaning debris around your HVAC system is an important step throughout the year, but especially during the fall. As the season's change and the leaves begin to fall, you may notice a buildup of leaves, twigs, and other debris around your home. While this may seem harmless, any debris around your heating system can cause issues with ventilation.
We recommend a 3-foot clearance around the entire unit. Make sure you don’t stack up any racks, gardening tools, or other outdoor equipment against your unit to avoid any HVAC interruptions. As the fall season progresses, it’s a good idea to conduct a visual inspection of your unit frequently to ensure it’s in tip-top shape before the winter.
Perform a Test Run
Your heating system may be a little rusty since last year’s use, and that’s why we recommend performing a test run. Pick a few days over the course of a couple of weeks to turn on the heat in your home. We recommend setting the thermostat to a temperature you usually set during the winter months for an accurate evaluation. Then, make sure to let the unit run for multiple cycles, so you can fully assess the system.
During this test run, make note of any odd sounds, like rattling or banging, and speak with your HVAC technician for further assistance. Any unusual noises could be a sign of a problem, so it’s best to get a second opinion from a professional.
Assess Your Home’s Temperature
As the temperature gradually begins to drop, the fall season is the perfect time to assess the temperature in your home. You can assess your home’s temperature by checking all the rooms in your room for a consistent temperature. Make sure you do this while your HVAC unit is cycling on and off, so you can see if any rooms are warmer or colder than others. By doing this, you can fix any circulation issues and make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
As temperatures drop, we recommend setting your thermostat at about 68 degrees to maximize both efficiency and comfort. If you’re planning to go on vacation, lower the thermostat a few degrees to reduce your energy consumption and save a few extra dollars. Check out your thermostat’s manual to see what programmable settings are best for your home.
Schedule Bi-Annual Maintenance
Extend your heating system’s lifespan up to 5 years with bi-annual maintenance. Not only can a technician check for any potential problems, but you can reduce energy consumption with preventative maintenance. At Mid-Florida Heating & Air, our team can perform maintenance checks on a variety of heating systems, including electric furnaces, gas furnaces, heat pumps, and thermostats. Avoid costly repairs and replacements by scheduling bi-annual maintenance for your HVAC system!
Save Time and Money by Scheduling Maintenance with Mid-Florida Heating & Air
Proudly serving the Gainesville area, Mid-Florida Heating & Air can make sure the job is done right, every time. Whether you need HVAC repair, replacement, or maintenance, our technicians can provide you with expert advice and a fair price. Call us at 352-744-7898 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today!