Prep your HVAC unit for the cooler months ahead

As cooler weather finally begins to descend upon us here in north TX, it’s time to prep your HVAC for the fall and winter months ahead.

One of the absolute best things you can do right now before it gets too cold outside is to change your HVAC filters and turn your heat on to check if it’s running properly (make sure the system is set to “off” when changing filters, then turn back on once new filter is installed).

HVAC companies begin getting very busy soon as folks realize there is something wrong with their heating system, so it’s best to be proactive and avoid these issues. It can save you money down the road and possibly a cold night or two without heat. To boot, it will allow your system to breathe at its fullest potential, helping your heating costs to stay lower and the house to warm up faster. I cannot recommend enough that you install a fresh filter in your system BEFORE you run the heat for the first time. This will ensure your system isn’t heating up all the pet hair your return air vents have been sucking up all summer, making the house smell funky. On that note, don’t be alarmed if the system smells slightly odd when you run the heat for the first time this season. That’s completely normal and should only last a short while.

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Your Checklist To Prep Your HVAC Unit:

  1. Turn off your HVAC system.
  2. Replace Air Filters: (we use and highly prefer “Hepa” filters as they do a much better job of catching pet hair, dander, and small allergens vs the basic or standard cheap filters)
  3. Clean Vents and Ducts: Dust and debris can accumulate in vents and ducts over time. Use a vacuum or duster to clean the vents.
  4. Clear Outdoor Unit: If you have an outdoor HVAC unit, remove leaves, branches, and debris from around the unit. Trim back plants or trees to ensure proper airflow and clearance.
  5. Test The Heat Cycle: Turn the system back on and run a heat cycle. Assess room temps and check for moisture around air registers.
  6. Inspect The Thermostat: Check your thermostat to ensure it’s working correctly. Replace the batteries if necessary and consider upgrading older units.
  7. Create a Maintenance Schedule: Develop a regular maintenance schedule for your HVAC system, including tasks such as filter replacement, thermostat checks, and professional tune-ups. Being proactive will help make sure your system operates at peak performance year-round.

By following these tips to prep your HVAC unit for the cooler months ahead, you can enjoy a warm, comfortable home while maximizing energy efficiency and minimizing the risk of costly repairs. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently.