Ways to Avoid the 7 Most Common HVAC Mistakes this Fall

As a homeowner, you are always looking for ways to save money. When it comes to your HVAC system, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way, especially when it comes to cutting repair costs as well as keeping those energy bills down.


1 – Get on it!

The biggest mistake a homeowner can make is procrastinating when it comes to your HVAC unit. These maintenance tips are easy and quickly done. The fall is a good time to do it, because of the change in season.

2 – Seasonal Inspection

While much of your HVAC maintenance is DIY-friendly, it’s not a bad idea to call in the experts seasonally to give your system a once-over. Your heating needs will change going into the winter, so the operation of your system will alter slightly as well. An inspection will help you troubleshoot, if need be. They will also clean out the unit, inspect essential mechanisms and wiring.

3 – Set the Thermostat

thermostat_720Indoor comfort means different things in different seasons, and that has much to do with the weather that’s brewing outside. Set it slightly lower for the coming season. You’ll be happy with the energy savings.

It might be time to think about a programmable thermostat too. It can help you target your heating needs, so that you aren’t wasting energy when you are at work.

4 – Check the Vents

Just by closing a few vents here and there in your home you can push the hot air more directly to where you want it to go. A few tips, though; don’t close too many vents (that can actually work against you) and don’t close vents in rooms with a thermostat.

5 – Clear space around the condenser.

Avoid problems by making sure that your condenser isn’t covered with clutter, plants or shrubs. It needs adequate space to work properly.

6 – Is it time to upgrade?

Have your energy bills been creeping up over the last while? Maybe it’s time to upgrade your system? There have been major advances in cooling and heating technology in the last few years, which means higher grade energy efficiency. That means energy savings for you, the homeowner. The cost savings can be substantial over time.

7 – Change the Air Filter

It’s recommended that you change your air filter every three months. If that has been a job that’s been on the back burner, then make that a priority this fall. Changing your filter will improve your air quality and your HVAC unit’s operational efficiency.

How’s your HVAC unit? Do you need a little guidance or sound advice? Our team, Elander Mechanical, Inc. in Shakopee, MN would be happy to help. Give us a call today at (952)-445-4692.