You will soon notice the cool winds begin to blow as the seasons begin to change the Vegas desert. For this cooler season, you should take the time to prep your home’s air conditioning system. Today, we at Hal Mechanical would like to offer some tips on what you need to prepare the air conditioner for fall.
Winterize Air Conditioner Unit
Before the temperature drops to temperatures that do not require the A/C, it is best to get a head start on winterizing your home. Follow the tips below.
– To reduce heating costs, run fans clockwise.
– To save money on heating, re-caulk gaps and repair weather-stripping on windows, piping, and foundation.
– At around 170 degrees Fahrenheit, lower temperature of water heater.
– In order to prevent warm air from seeping out and vice versa, invest in draft snakes.
– Insulate pipes.
– Alleviate autumn allergens and pathogens, change the air filter.
– Clean vents with the help of an expert.
Fall HVAC Maintenance Check & Tune Up Service
This phone call should be made seasonally every 3 to 4 months to avoid emergencies and costly, unexpected repairs and replacements. A professional should perform the following tasks on the central system for the fall season:
– Verify correct electric control sequence.
– Test for and seal leaks in ducts.
– Oil motors, and check belts for tightness and wear.
– Measure the airflow of the evaporator coil.
– Inspect electric terminals, and clean and tighten connections.
– Clean air ducts.
– Inspect accuracy of the thermostat.
– Confirm correct amount of refrigerant.
Change Your Thermostat Settings
Change the temperature settings on your air conditioner’s thermostat when you change your clocks. You should increase or decrease the temperature based on your comfort with cooler temperatures.
Switch from AC to Heat
There is an odor the time you turn on the heat for the fall. Over the last few months of being stagnant, the dust buildup burns up when the heat is activated. call an HVAC professional if the heat doesn’t come on since it should warm up quickly.
Change Air Filter
About once a month, and always during the change of season, routinely clean and/or replace your air conditioning unit’s air filters. In your home, you can cut down on allergens and pathogens, in addition to reducing your energy bill between 5% and 15%.
How Much Space Should I Leave Around My Air Conditioner?
Around the condenser unit, remove dirt, grime, weeds, and leaves build up during the summer. The efficiency of your HVAC system during cold weather can be compromised from disruption of airflow. To remove all-natural debris and clip overgrown grass, use a hose. Rake any grass clippings, leaves, or weeds as well.
Clean AC Coils
Over the summer months from your lawnmower and through the fall as the leaves change, the A/C evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt. Your A/C unit can absorb heat as dirt reduces airflow. Remove any debris and clean the exterior area around the coils.
Properly Insulate Your House
Especially those that go into your home, use foam pipe covers around the air conditioning unit’s exposed pipes and wiring. To keep the foam insulation in place and to stop pipes from freezing and cracking, you can also use duct tape.