During the dog days of summer, your air conditioner works overtime to ensure you and your family remain cool and comfortable inside the home. With colder weather on the way, your air conditioner can get a little bit of TLC. While it is important to ensure your heating system is ready to go for the upcoming months, it is just as important to close down your air conditioning system properly to ensure it is efficient and in good condition when the warm weather comes back around. Let’s take a look at a few things you should do for your AC post-summer.

Clean/Change the HVAC Filters

HVAC filters should be cleaned or changed every three months at a minimum, which is ultimately at the start of each season. Based on your family’s needs, however, they may need to be changed or cleaned more frequently, such as if someone in the home suffers from asthma or allergies or if there are pets in the home. When air filters become dirty, it can cause the HVAC unit to work overtime and reduce the quality of the indoor air.

Inspect Connections

The end of summer is the perfect time to check electrical connections. Always ensure the system is turned off before you perform a connection inspection to avoid an unnecessary accident and injury. In fact, it is recommended to leave this inspection to a trained technician, as he or she will ensure all connections are working properly and replace any damaged connections to prevent a potential home fire.

Clean the Coils

One mistake homeowners often make is only cleaning the coils when they are frozen. However, they need to be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis to keep dirt and debris from sticking to and accumulating on the surface. A vacuum cleaner can be used to remove debris and foreign materials that may have entered the system. Make sure to also trim any weeds and brushes nearby to reduce the accumulation of falling leaves, twigs, etc. throughout the fall season.

Check the Thermostat

As you know, the thermostat is a vital component in the operation of your air conditioner. For that reason, it is important that you ensure it is accurate and works properly. If the batteries are low, replace them. Now is also the time to adjust the settings to fall from summer, as each season experiences different HVAC usage.

Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance with Comfort Systems

Whether you feel like these post-summer AC maintenance tasks are too much for you to handle or you just want to ensure everything is handled properly, give us a call at Comfort Systems. One of our trained technicians can handle everything for you, from inspecting your system, diagnosing any issues, repairing problems, and providing you valuable advice on how to keep your HVAC system in tip-top shape throughout the year.