When the weather gets cooler and the leaves start to turn, exterior home maintenance is probably the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately when it comes to your HVAC, spring cleaning alone just isn’t going to cut it. Here are 5 scary things that can happen to your HVAC if you neglect proper fall care this season.
Golden leaves may look beautiful, but they can wreak havoc on your HVAC system when they decide to fall. Fallen leaves are responsible for all kinds of damage to HVAC systems, at the worst completely clogging intakes, exhausts, and condensers, and at best simply causing lost system efficiency. It’s important to clear out leaves quickly and leave two feet of clearance from shrubs and other foliage for your HVAC to run smoothly and without overheating.
Low air flow might seem harmless enough, but it’s not. Stuffy, clammy, dusty rooms can all be due to clogged filters, but so can chronic colds, allergies, and increased mold growth. While the frequency will vary for different households, there’s a good chance your air filters aren’t being changed as often as they should be. Avoid clogged filters and reduced airflow by swapping out the old for the new, preferably monthly.
No one likes to pay more than they should, but that’s exactly what can happen if your HVAC runs unchecked for months on end. Not only will build up and unchecked wear and tear cause lost efficiency and higher bills, but sometimes small, easily fixed issues can grow into widespread, expensive repairs over time. The small investment of semiannual checkups for your HVAC can save you thousands in repairs and energy bills over time.
Dirty Condenser Coils
The condenser coils are one of the most critical elements to how your HVAC works, which is why caring for them is so important. They can get dirty and clogged over time very much like your air filters will, but instead of changing them out they are cleaned. Keeping leaves away from your unit is a smart way to avoid blockage, but you should also make sure they are professionally cleaned regularly so your unit doesn’t have to overwork and overheat through the dust and grime.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks
One of the scariest things that can go wrong within a home is Carbon Monoxide Leakage. The invisible, odorless gas can be hard to detect outside of symptoms that come with long term exposure. Any device in your home that burns fuel can leak, which is why installing and regularly checking a Carbon Monoxide Detector is just as critical as maintaining smoke alarms.
This year, instead of tricking yourself into believe your system can go without maintenance, choose to treat your HVAC to the care and attention both it and your family deserve. To schedule an appointment, or to learn more about Middleton’s Annual Maintenance Agreement, visit our website or call us today at 1-800-404-0371. In the meantime, remember to have a safe and Happy Halloween!