The winter is a great time to save on electricity costs by giving your HVAC unit a bit of a break. However, simply turning off your AC and not thinking about it until the temperature climbs above 80 again isn’t a smart idea. In Jacksonville the winter months are known to stay rather temperate, and that means that while you will get a few weeks at a time of enjoyable cooler weather, the heat is never far away.
When it is time to turn your AC off for a bit and open up the windows, it is a good idea to take part in some annual maintenance that will ensure that your AC is running strong when it is time to cool your home down again.
Here’s a quick list of the things you should be doing to take care of your HVAC system:
- Check the settings on your thermostat to make sure they are seasonally appropriate. On most programmable thermostats you can set temperature barriers that will turn your AC or heat on when it gets too hot or too cold.
- Clear debris from around your HVAC unit. The summer is known for overgrowth around North Florida, so this is as good a time as ever to make sure that your HVAC unit is clear of weeds, ant piles, and any other environmental debris.
- Change the air filter. This should be done every one to three months, depending on the type of filter. If you can’t remember the last time you had a filter changed, you might be due for a new one.
In addition to the above list of things that you can be doing to take care of your HVAC system, there are other items on your maintenance to-do list that require a more skilled eye and hand. This is when you can call the professionals at All Weather Contractors.
It is important that the following tasks are taken care of annually:
- All electrical connections should be checked, tightened, and replaced as necessary.
- All moving parts should be lubricated.
- The condensate drain should be cleared of any debris or build-up.
- Evaporator and condenser coils should be cleaned
- The refrigerant levels should be evaluated and restored.
All of these are tasks that can be completed as part of an inspection and tune-up from All Weather Contractors. It is important for safety reasons, as well as for the security of your HVAC unit, that you do not attempt these maintenance tasks on your own. For more information about tune-ups and fall maintenance, contact us.