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Fall Maintenance Checklist

October 30, 2020

WOW! Can you believe it? It's already Fall and what a year it has been! The last thing you need is to have your Heating and Cooling system fail, especially if you are working from home and the kids are doing their remote learning. Here are some tips on how to complete FALL Maintenance for your HVAC System which can help avoid major repairs.

Change YOUR FILTER! Dirty filters restrict air flow and reduce energy efficiency. This should be done every 1-3 months. I cannot stress enough how important changing your filter  is. Clogged filters can cause many issues to your system. Changing your filter is the bare minimum. If you are unable to change your filter or you have a hard time remembering, we offer a worry free maintenance program. We will keep track of your maintenance and get you scheduled every quarter or twice a year whichever you prefer. You can also set up filter change reminders in your SMART THERMOSTAT if you have one.

Clean and unblock vents and registers. Walk around your home and make sure the return air grills and registers are not blocked by furniture or other items, and your vents are open. Take a wet rag and clean all your vents from dust and debris. This not only makes your house fresh and clean for all those Fall Holidays coming up, but it prevents debris from entering your HVAC system.

Reprogram your thermostat. When transitioning from cooling to heating, it’s a good idea to reprogram your thermostat. You can save a lot of money with a smart or programmable thermostat — you just have to make sure it’s set properly.

Lower the thermostat temperature for the times you aren’t at home to save some money and energy. You can save “1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long” (U.S. DOE). Learn the ideal programmable thermostat settings for winter.

SMART THERMOSTATS can be ideal for Fall in New Mexico. You can set it to AUTO and the system will offer cool air on the warmer days and warm air when it's cool outside (another benefit of refrigerated air vs. swamp coolers). Watch this video on how to set your SMART THERMOSTAT to AUTO.

Professional HVAC Inspection. Have you serviced your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for the winter period? Whether you are a homeowner or a property manager, you will need to find a reliable HVAC professional to help you service your HVAC system. A well maintained and serviced HVAC system is highly efficient in both its functionality and energy consumption. A professional contractor should inspect your HVAC system at least twice a year, once in the fall for the heating system and once in the spring for the cooling system. The inspection is meant to detect any potential problems and ensure that the HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible. The HVAC inspection involves checking filters, inspecting electrical switches, belts, contacts, motors, safety switches, gas pressure, and refrigerant levels. Having a regular HVAC inspection is the most cost effective way to ensure energy efficiency and avoid costly repairs.

HVAC Maintenance Agreement. An HVAC maintenance agreement, such as our

Total Care Maintenance Plan, is a great way to keep your system at peak performance. Having an HVAC maintenance agreement not only gives you the advantage of priority service at a discounted rate in the event of system failure, but also ensures that your checkups are done on schedule. This agreement will help you save a lot of money in the long run. Not only is this the best and most affordable way to keep your unit running efficiently, it helps keep the indoor air clean and prevents mechanical failures.

WARRANTY. In the case of system failure or mechanical breakdown it is very important that regular maintenance has been completed. Failure to maintain your equipment properly can void all the wonderful warranties so be mindful of that when debating whether or not to sign up for a Maintenance Agreement.

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