When the seasons change, we see the signs in the colors of the trees, the type of precipitation falling from the sky, and the temperature outdoors. However, we know a new season has officially arrived when we adjust the thermostats in our homes from “heat” to “cool” or vice versa. Before your heating and cooling system makes the switch, it’s important to schedule a seasonal maintenance appointment to ensure your equipment is ready to run efficiently.
Homeowners often maintain their air conditioners in the spring and heating equipment in the fall, but at Bears Home Solutions, we advise setting up a seasonal maintenance appointment to tune up your heating and cooling equipment at the same time to help your whole system perform better and last longer. Read below to learn more about the importance of seasonal heating and cooling maintenance for keeping households comfortable all year long, no matter what the weather brings.
Why schedule seasonal HVAC maintenance?
Many people wash their seasonal clothing before storing it away, so why not give your heating and cooling equipment some necessary maintenance after it’s worked hard all season? That way, a technician can perform a thorough inspection on both systems before one is turned on and the other turned off to ensure everything works properly. In addition to keeping your energy bills down and maintaining healthy indoor air quality in your home, seasonal maintenance also extends the life of your equipment and prevents breakdowns, especially during extreme outdoor temperatures when you need it most.
When should homeowners schedule a seasonal maintenance appointment?
The best time to schedule a seasonal maintenance appointment is before you need to use the equipment and again before you shut it off at the end of the season. This is usually in the spring or fall, as heating and cooling maintenance peaks during hot and cold months. Get ahead of the curve and hire a certified technician before summer or winter when there is more availability.
What is included in seasonal HVAC maintenance?
- Check thermostat settings
- Inspect safety settings
- Replace air filters
- Lubricate moving parts like bearings, motors, and fans
- Inspect ductwork for leaks and ensure proper ventilation
- Clean condensate drains
- Tighten electrical connections
- Clear debris around equipment, if needed
Maintenance specific to heating and cooling equipment will depend on the type and functionality of the system in your home. For example, furnaces force air through ductwork to disperse heat, while boilers run heated water through pipes. A ductless mini-split air conditioning system functions differently than a central air conditioner. No matter the system in your abode, heating and cooling service technicians like our team at Bears Home Solutions are trained to help you with all your maintenance needs.