Since fall temperatures in Henrico, VA are cool and crisp, fall is the perfect time of year to focus on HVAC maintenance and care. As summer fades, take time to schedule a service visit, change your filter, clean your vent covers, clear around your outdoor unit, and reprogram your thermostat.

Schedule a Maintenance Visit

Schedule a maintenance visit to help your system run efficiently year-round. Having your unit serviced in the fall will replenish it, enabling it to function at peak performance during the cooler winter months. Preventive maintenance can add years to the life of your unit and help you avoid breakdowns and the subsequent repair work.

Change the Filter and Clean the Vent Covers

If it’s been a while since you changed your filter, replace it this fall. Over time, dust and debris build up and can make your unit work harder than it should, which can increase your utility bills. While you’re at it, go ahead and clean your vent covers; just wipe them down with a wet cloth to get rid of dust buildup.

Adjust Your Programmable Thermostat

The scorching heat of summer has passed, so take a look at your thermostat settings and see if they could use an adjustment. Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat that can adjust automatically based on the outside temperatures.

Clear Around the Outdoor Unit

Your HVAC’s outdoor unit requires at least several inches of clearance to work well. Fall is a good time to take a few minutes to clean around the unit, clearing away summer landscape growth. Trim the bushes, sweep away any debris, such as twigs, leaves, or grass clippings, and wipe down the unit’s exterior. If possible, leave at least an 18-inch clearance around the unit for maximum benefit.

Ready to schedule your fall preventive maintenance visit? Give your local HVAC experts at Foster Plumbing & Heating a call at 804-215-1300. We’d love to help you keep your system in top working order!

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