You May Fall in Love With Autumn, but Your HVAC System Won't

What Fall Weather Means for Your System

Different seasons can present unique challenges for an HVAC system. Summer seasons mean more pollen, dirt, and debris. As the weather changes and the heating becomes necessary, these pollutants can build up in the filters and prevent the heating from working at full optimal capacity. Before the weather gets too chilly, test out the heating system. Turn the thermostat up a few degrees and see if the system is slow or quick to respond. If the system takes too long to warm up, there could be a problem. If the system works just fine, it can still be a good idea to keep the temperature up a few degrees before the cold weather sets in. 

This article will give insight on how to help an HVAC system best transition to the colder fall weather.

Beware the Seemingly Innocent Fall Leaves 


Everyone knows the havoc that fall leaves can wreak on gutters, but the innocent foliage is deadly for ventilation systems as well. If leaves collect inside the outdoor cabinet that houses the compressor and condenser coil, it can cut off the airflow. A blocked airflow can impair the HVAC system’s efficiency and functionality. Even worse than reduced airflow, leaf build-up can hold enough moisture to damage the unit or cause mold and mildew. The mold from inside the unit can potentially be transferred to the inside of the house. 

If the situation reaches this critical stage, it can become a health concern. Trim the branches above an HVAC unit, periodically rake up leaves, and use a protective cover when not in use to avoid a full unit breakdown, as well as the health risks. However, if leaves and mold are already present in the unit, call to have the unit cleaned and inspected by an HVAC expert.    

Dirt and Debris Can Gum up the Works in Your Unit

Contaminants over time can make their way into an HVAC unit. Although a surface cleaning job is possible without outside help, some dirt and debris removal may be beyond the DIY approach. Service providers have specialized tools designed to dislodge pollutants in ducts and high-powered vacuums to remove all debris. It is essential to remove dirt and debris for air quality reasons. 

With a little bit of moisture, pollutants can create the potential for mold. If a mold problem is severe enough, it may be necessary to replace the HVAC system. Avoid the more serious complications by contacting a service provider for maintenance unit cleaning. 

Heater Maintenance: An Essential Home Duty

A well-functioning heater may seem like a given in a home, but routine maintenance is the only way to ensure that a house doesn’t go without heat during the winter. Do not take the hard-working heater for granted. Many heating problems will go unnoticed if there is not a scheduled check. A routine overview of a unit can catch these problems before they become catastrophes, and in the process, save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. 


As an added bonus for good home-keeping, homeowners that time their maintenance checks around fall can enjoy a boost in energy efficiency from their newly rejuvenated heaters heading into winter. As always, homeowners should contact a local heating company to get a handle on their system before the colder months. 

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