WHY COMPLETE A FALL MAINTENANCE HVAC CHECKLIST? 

Nov 8, 2022

The autumn season signals change for many of us and generally heralds the approaching holiday season. Be mindful because before you know it, winter will be upon us. But have hope; fall is the optimal time to take care of your HVAC system! Now you can focus on those HVAC projects you’ve been procrastinating on and make them a priority to complete now. With the weather being in that perfect sweet spot of not too hot or too cold, now is the ideal time to get things done. So, without further ado, join your local service professionals at Grove City Heating & Air as we talk about potential fall HVAC projects you can mark as completed this season! 

HAVE YOU CLEANED THE LEAVES IN YOUR YARD?  

It’s definitely safe to say that many of us have great memories from childhood of jumping into a big pile of autumn leaves. And you might even have some good memories as an adult, too! But after you’ve had your fun, it’s important to gather up all the leaves and dispose of them properly. This is important because if there are too many leaves, they can damage your condenser. It’s conceivable that leaves could be blown into the condenser by the wind, causing the fan blades to fail. As a homeowner, you must ensure that there are no uncollected piles of leaves in your yard that might lead to dangerous outcomes with your HVAC system. 

HAVE YOU INSPECTED YOUR ATTIC INSULATION?  

Did you know that every attic should have at least ten inches of insulation? Don’t worry if you didn’t. You’re not alone. If your attic doesn’t have enough insulation, many individuals are unaware that their home may experience significant air leakage during the winter months. Because attic insulation is not an item we regularly think about, it’s often forgotten. However, poor insulation can cause cold drafts that make your whole house feel chilly. If you find yourself wrapping yourself in a blanket often, air leakage might be the reason why you’re always cold. 

An attic with insufficient insulation can be the reason why a furnace runs continually. Hot air rises, so when your home’s air is heated, it will go up through your ceiling and escape through the roof. Attic insulation stops this from happening. If your attic isn’t properly equipped, your furnace may overwork, attempting to make up for the continual flow of escaping air. If you desire to do this fall project yourself, it’s a safe HVAC job that you can do, or you can choose to hire a professional. Whatever method you choose to get the work done, make sure it’s finished before the weather turns extremely cold! 

HAVE YOU NOTICED A CHANGE IN YOUR HOME’S HUMIDITY LEVELS?  

  1. HUMIDITY MONITOR- As the temperature starts to drop in autumn, you rely on your furnace to kick into gear and heat up your home. When this occurs, the expansion of air during this process removes moisture from the air, leaving you with drier conditions inside. Consequently, the air quality in your home can have harmful consequences for its occupants, like dryness and cracking of the skin, respiratory difficulties, or nosebleeds. However, there is an easy way to monitor humidity levels in your house. If you have a smart thermostat as part of your HVAC system already installed, there might be a humidity setting feature that you can use. If you don’t have a smart thermostat, though, no problem! You can purchase humidity monitors at an affordable price from any local home improvement store or online. 
  1. WHOLE-HOME HUMIDIFIER- If you’re finding it difficult to maintain humidity levels in your home (especially during the fall and winter), a whole-home humidifier might be a helpful investment. Whole-home humidifiers usually do a great job of regulating humidity and providing relief from dry air, among other things. 

HAVE YOU SET UP YOUR FALL TUNE-UP & SAFETY CHECK THIS SEASON?  

If you haven’t yet scheduled your safety tuneup & furnace check this fall, don’t put it off any longer. This is something we recommend having done once a year at the beginning of fall. By servicing your furnace yearly, you’re conducting the most impactful form of preventative maintenance possible. Not only will this optimize your HVAC system’s efficiency but prolong its lifespan as well! 

While the future is never certain, you can mitigate unfortunate events by engaging in preventative maintenance and using this nice weather to finish up those fall HVAC projects now. If you have any more HVAC-related concerns, feel free to reach out to your Grove City Heating & Air professionals by calling (614) 490-7540, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!