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Preparing Your HVAC for Fall

Whether you are a homeowner or renter, there are plenty of steps you can take to transition your HVAC system from keeping you cool in the summer to keeping you warm in the winter. Transitional seasons, spring and fall are the preferred months to schedule professional maintenance.

Professional Maintenance

It may feel instinctual to only call your local HVAC company when there are problems with your system, however routine maintenance is crucial to the quality and longevity of your home’s heating and cooling systems.

Maintenance appointments should be scheduled two times per year. Fall and spring are the best times because you can likely catch any potential problems and schedule repairs before the hottest days of summer or the snowstorms of winter arrive.

During an HVAC maintenance appointment, the technician will spend time looking over your entire system to ensure it is working properly and to evaluate if any repairs or replacements are coming due.

Things you can expect an HVAC tech to do during your maintenance appointment:

  • Check filter and replace is necessary

  • Run diagnostics

  • Test refrigerant levels

  • Check temperature calibration

  • Wash coils


The specific details of a maintenance appointment will depend on the company you choose, along with the season you are in/the season that is coming at the time of the appointment. Reach out to Tingley Home Services to find out more about what to expect with our heating and cooling maintenance plans.

Personal Maintenance

Aside from hiring the professionals to look after the technical parts of your system, there are also plenty of steps you can take on your own to get the most out of your heating and air.

Change Your Filter

It is one of the most easily avoided problems, yet forgetting to change the air filter is a very common mistake. The schedule of changing your air filter will depends on things like:

  • The type of filter you use

  • The number of people in your household

  • The area you live

  • The number of pets in your household

If you are using a basic filter and live in a desert climate with four other people and three animals, your filter will likely need to be swapped out much more regularly than a person living alone in a moderate climate. On average, an air filter should be changed every 90 days.

Take a look at your current filter to help determine what type of filter to purchase for replacement. You can get filters online, at most grocery stores, or hardware stores. They are typically inexpensive and easy to install.

Signing up for an air filter subscription box is a great way to stay on top of your maintenance. When the new filter arrives in the mail you will be reminded to replace it.

If you are unable to change the filter on your own, reach out to Tingley Home Services to help! We can have your home flowing with clean, filtered air in no time.


Clean Your Air Vents

Even with proper air filter replacement, dust will accumulate in and around your air vents. Once a month spend time wiping down the air vents around your home. Clearing off the dust on the vents can greatly improve the air quality in your home.

For an even further clean, use a screwdriver to take the air vents off the wall or out of the ceiling to dust and clean off in the sink.

Pro Tip: For a home with high ceilings, consider a duster with an extended pole to get to those hard to reach vents.

Yard Maintenance Around Your Condenser

The final tip in personal maintenance of your HVAC system is keeping your condenser clear. The condenser is the part of your system that sits outside of your house.

With air blowing in and out it is important to keep the ground surrounding the unit clear of leaves, weeds, and debris to help reduce the chance of unwanted things entering your ducts and making their way into your home.


Contact Tingley Home Services

Although personal maintenance is crucial, much of what is done in a professional HVAC maintenance appointment can keep your system in great shape for long periods of time.

In addition to the basic care of the system, hiring Tingley Home Services for a maintenance appointment will keep you aware of any issues you may have with your system before you are stuck in polar weather without heat or AC.

Don’t wait, give us a call today!