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Fall HVAC Tips: How to Prepare and Avoid Costly Repairs

As the weather starts to cool down, homeowners begin to prepare for fall. Your HVAC unit has been working all summer long, so it’s important to perform preventative maintenance on it to avoid costly repairs. 

Heating Tune Up

Your heating system operates better when it is kept clean and well maintained. Excess dust, pet dander, pollen and other debris obstruct airflow and decrease efficiency. Scheduling a heating tune up is one of the most important fall HVAC maintenance tips and can provide the vital care your system needs for better performance, efficiency and comfort.

An efficient furnace or heat pump will keep your home warm while using less energy. Less energy means lower bills. Your heating system also shows fewer signs of wear and tear when you schedule yearly fall HVAC maintenance and prolongs its lifespan. This prevents you from purchasing a new furnace or heat pump before you’re ready financially. Frequent HVAC repairs and excessive wear and tear simply drain the life from your equipment.

Is a Heating Tune Up Needed Every Fall?

 A heating system tune up is highly recommended every year. Furnaces and boilers need maintenance once per year, while heat pumps need them twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall – because they also provide cooling in the spring and summer. The small investment in a heating tune up each year has a big payoff, so don’t risk voiding your valuable warranty coverage. 

What You Can Do to Prepare For Fall

Change Filters

 A clean filter ensures your heating components are clear of debris and prevents airflow obstructions. This prevents your heating system from operating harder than necessary to provide your home with warmth. Make sure to check your filter once a month for dirt or dust, and replace it if you notice it’s excessive. 

Observe Your HVAC Equipment

Pay careful attention to strange noises such as clanging, banging and screeching that might indicate a problem. If your furnace is producing foul odors, any strange sounds or other troubling symptoms, contact Star Heating & Cooling immediately to avoid further damage to your heating system, or worse, an unsafe situation. Doing so helps you catch malfunctions early on before heavy damage is caused.

Contact Star Heating & Cooling

Trust Star Heating & Cooling for all your HVAC fall needs. Don’t wait till fall is over; take care of your HVAC unit now to ensure your comfort all winter long! For all of your home’s heating needs – including maintenance, repairs and installation of a new HVAC system – contact the NATE-certified technicians at Star Heating & Cooling.