We are officially into the fall season and we know you are probably busy with fall sports for the kids, decorating for the trio of upcoming holidays, and organizing family visits. In the midst of all the fun, it is important not to forget about your HVAC system and the maintenance it needs to prepare for the cold weather up ahead. We know, no one wants to think about the bitter cold just yet and with Virginia’s weather, it may not get here until January, but it is important to make sure your system is prepared for whatever mother nature throws at it this year.

  1. Change the air filter and clean the vents!   Start the fall season with a fresh new air filter. The general rule is 30-90 days for air filters but that can vary based on your household. Check the filters once a month and change it if it is dirty or clogged. On the same day, vacuum vents and keep them clean.
  2. Keep your system free of debris.   Check for leaves, pollen, and dirt that could have fallen into your outdoor unit. It is usually a good idea to spray your unit down at the beginning of the fall season. Make sure to keep plants, flowers, and shrubs at least 3 feet away from your outdoor unit.
  3. Use fans to give your system a break.   If it is still too warm outside for you to turn the heat on, try giving your HVAC system a break by using ceiling and portable fans to keep cool. This can help lengthen the life of your system over time.
  4. Call for an inspection!   Seasonal inspections by a trusted HVAC company, such as Nelson’s, can help ensure your system is around for its full lifetime. A fall inspection will help best prepare your system for the demands of winter.
  5. Consider the replacement of old systems.   If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it may be time to ask your service tech about the longevity of your system. While a new system is a big investment, the operational efficiency of some newer systems could save you money in the long run.
  6. Install a programmable thermostat.   If you don’t already have one, these are a great investment. Programmable thermostats can help you save money on your electric bills by having scheduled temperature settings. Set it up so your house is comfortable for you when you are home, but energy efficient when you are away. 

If you haven’t started on your fall HVAC maintenance, now is the time to do so! It is best to be prepared for any type of weather we may get this winter. Call Nelson’s at 757-566-7014 to schedule your seasonal check-up today!