If you're like most people, you're really looking forward to autumn. Soon, you'll be enjoying pumpkin spice lattes and locally made apple cider while you rake leaves and attend to other traditional fall chores designed to get your home and yard ready for the coming winter. However, many homeowners completely forget about air conditioning system maintenance during this time of year — after all, you won't be using your air conditioner again until late spring or early summer of next year.
Nonetheless, performing a few maintenance tasks now will help ensure smooth sailing when the time comes to turn your air conditioning on again. Keep in mind that most air conditioning units fail during the first major heatwave of the season, and much of this is due to neglecting proper maintenance. Following are just three things you can do now to increase your chances of remaining cool and comfortable indoors next year when outdoor temperatures begin to soar.
Trim Back Vegetation Around the Outside Unit
Air conditioning compressor units are usually situated where they're least visible — after all, no one really wants to look at a compressor while they're enjoying an outdoor cookout or otherwise relaxing in their back yard. However, this also makes the area easy to overlook, which can result in overgrown vegetation that not only poses a fire hazard but provides habitat for insect and rodent populations also. Cut this vegetation back to protect your home from fire and pests.
Clean or Replace Your Air Filter
Although you could conceivably put this task off until next spring or summer, doing so now provides you with a head start on seasonal maintenance. It also prevents you from being caught off guard by an early heatwave and forgetting that you haven't changed your filter yet — a filter that's been sitting all winter has likely accumulated mold, dust, and other debris.
Inspect Ductwork for Cracks and Debris
Even though you won't be using your air conditioning unit during winter, dust, mold, and other debris in the ductwork can still get circulated throughout the indoor home environment, so make sure they're thoroughly cleaned. This is also a great time to check for cracks and other functionality issues so you can get them fixed before you'll need to use the unit again.
Autumn is a great time to consider an air conditioning system upgrade. You might be able to get a decent price break during this time of year, and air conditioning service companies will be less rushed than they typically are at the beginning of the warm season. Reach out to an air conditioning company to learn more.