preparing hvac system winter

Themes for Preparing the HVAC System for Winter

At Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, we’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of both plumbing services and HVAC coverage. With fall in full swing and leading us into winter before long, we’re on hand to assist with both autumn plumbing preparation and fall furnace tune-ups, repairs and other needs as you transition between seasons.

Whether you leave them to our professional technicians or choose to take on a few of the simpler parts of fall HVAC upkeep yourself, there are several important areas to consider as you move toward the colder part of the year. Let’s look at several areas we’ll help you address during this season.

End-of-Summer Air Conditioner Maintenance

To begin with, the fall season is a transitional one where you can attend to both the AC unit that’s finishing up its peak season and the furnace that’s headed into its own. Many homeowners choose to have air conditioner inspection and maintenance done during the fall, especially if they were unable to do so during the spring season. This is a good time of year to check on everything from basic AC connections to air flow concerns and any leaks or other damage.

In addition, we recommend taking a look at the entire area around the outdoor AC unit, not just the unit itself. Clear out any significant debris or plants that have built up during summer, as these can be both shelter for invading pests and a fire hazard in certain situations.

Thermostat Adjustment

As the temperatures get cooler, at some point you’ll have to consider adjusting the settings on your thermostat if you have a programmable or smart thermostat option in the home. There will be a few weeks or even a month or two where this is a bit of a transition as well, when temperatures are in between summer and winter extremes.

Air Filters

Especially if you haven’t done it in a few months, now is a great time to change out the filter or filters in your HVAC system. These are responsible for maintaining air quality throughout the home, keeping it free of allergens and other contaminants that might be present. They should be changed several times per year at minimum.

Professional Inspection

Finally, for a comprehensive preparation for the upcoming winter, call our team about a professional furnace inspection and tune-up service. We’ll look at the entire system, from the furnace itself to ductwork, connections and even insulation, to ensure you and your family will be warm and comfortable throughout the cold season without running up a high utility bill.

For more on how to prepare your HVAC system for winter, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical today.