With cooler temperatures on the horizon, it’s time to prepare your San Diego area home and the HVAC system. After all, the efficiency of your home impacts your comfort, safety, health, and energy bills. Set aside a day to take care of it with these fall HVAC maintenance tips.
- Sealing: Inspect your home’s exterior for gaps and cracks in cladding, walkways, and the foundation. Use caulk, spray-in foam, and driveway filler to seal.
- Outdoor HVAC unit: Spray off the outdoor unit. Use a foaming coil cleaner around the sides to clean the condenser coil. Turn off electricity at the circuit panel or disconnect plug first.
- Garage: Use foam weatherstripping to seal the door of an attached garage. Seal shared walls and ceiling between the garage and living spaces with caulk.
- Filter: Change your air filter to protect HVAC parts, improve cooling and heating efficiency, and enhance indoor air quality. Use a quality filter rated MERV 8 to 12 to help mitigate indoor allergens and contaminants.
- Housecleaning: Wash bedding with hot water. Vacuum carpeting, drapes, and furniture upholstery.
- Air vents: Wipe or brush vacuum air vents.
- Control humidity: Inspect the walls, ceiling, and attic for signs of humidity problems, such as black, pink, or green mold spots on walls and window condensation. Use humidifiers and dehumidifiers as needed to maintain humidity between 30 and 50 percent.
- Sealing: Seal air leaks around windows, doors, the attic hatch, in the attic, and penetrations. Use silicon caulk, foam weatherstripping, and spray-in foam.
- Insulation: If you use fiberglass insulation in your attic, make sure it is at least 12 inches deep.
- CO and smoke detectors: Put fresh batteries in your CO and smoke detectors. Test for proper function.
Professional HVAC Maintenance
Your heat pump, A/C, and furnace work hard to keep your home comfortable. Moreover, the HVAC system uses nearly 50 percent of energy in the average home. Help your HVAC systems last longer with greater efficiency by scheduling professional maintenance this fall.
For more information about fall HVAC maintenance tips for your San Diego home, contact Sherlock Plumbing Heating & Air.