As the temperatures begin to drop and the leaves start to change, it’s time to prepare your HVAC systems for the heating season. Whether you rely on a furnace, heat pump, or other heating methods, this fall HVAC maintenance checklist serves as your guide to ensure that your system operates at its best. By taking proactive steps now, you can prevent potential issues, improve indoor air quality, and enjoy a cozy and worry-free autumn and winter.
1. Change Filters
Start your fall HVAC maintenance off by changing your air filters if you haven’t done so lately. Air filters need to be changed every 1-3 months depending on the type. This will ensure proper airflow which improves your home’s air quality and keeps your system running efficiently.
2. Look at Ductwork
Check for leaks, gaps, and damage in the ductwork. Properly sealed ducts ensure efficient heating and prevent heat loss. If you notice an issue, give Spring Home a call.
3. Test Heat Mode
Give your system a test before the cold comes. Make sure your heating system is ready to keep your home warm and cozy this season.
4. Clean Registers/Vents
Vacuum and clean vents and registers to ensure proper airflow throughout your home. Also, make sure that no registers or vents are closed or blocked. Blocked vents can decrease heating efficiency.
5. Test Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
Take this time to test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and change the batteries if necessary. Safety is paramount when using heating systems.
6. Test Heat Pump Defrost Cycle (If Applicable)
If you have a heat pump, test the defrost cycle to make sure it’s working properly so you don’t have any problems come wintertime. Ice buildup can wreak havoc on your HVAC system.
7. Consider Humidity
Do you have a humidifier? Does it need some maintenance? If you don’t have a humidifier, consider getting one. As the air becomes drier in colder months, a humidifier can maintain a comfortable indoor humidity level, which enhances your overall home comfort.
8. Inspect Insulation
How is your home’s insulation? Check the insulation in attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Proper insulation helps retain heat and improve energy efficiency – which ultimately saves you money on utility bills!
9. Adjust Ceiling Fans
When it’s time, switch your ceiling fans to help distribute warm air throughout your home. This can improve energy efficiency. Set your fans to rotate clockwise to take advantage of their heat distribution.
10. Check Thermostat Settings
Don’t forget to switch your thermostat into heating mode when the cold weather sets in. Optimize them for the heating season, and consider using a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat if you don’t already.
11. Schedule Annual Maintenance
This time of year is also a good time to schedule annual maintenance. A licensed HVAC technician will perform a comprehensive inspection of your heating system. They can identify and address any potential issues before the cold weather arrives.
12. Sign Up for a Protection Plan
It’s never too late to sign up for a Protection Plan! A Protection Plan is the best way to protect your HVAC systems and ensure maximum energy efficiency. We have a plan for every budget!
13. HVAC Upgrades
The fall is also perfect for upgrading your HVAC equipment. Whether you want to upgrade to a high-efficiency system or use grants and rebates to install a heat pump, Spring Home can help! We can help you access savings through grants and rebates, plus we’ll install your equipment professionally and promptly.
Fall HVAC Maintenance Help
Keep in mind that this checklist provides a general overview of fall HVAC maintenance tasks for homeowners. Depending on the specifics of your HVAC system and your home, there might be additional steps or considerations.
If you’re uncertain about any tasks or if your system needs professional attention, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
The Spring Home team has been servicing the HVAC needs of the GTA for over 20 years. Our award-winning team of licensed technicians is committed to providing our clients with service they can trust and equipment they can rely on.