When fall rolls in, many people just turn their air conditioner off for the season and figure they'll deal with maintenance the next spring. But while maintaining your air conditioner annually in the spring is a good idea, you may want to do some fall maintenance, too. Here are four ways to maintain your air conditioning system this fall.
1. Change the filter
If you live in an area where you use heat in the winter and AC in the summer, then you should absolutely change your air filter in the fall.
Many first-time home buyers can only afford an older home, as their price tends to be less than new constructions. However, a lot of these homes use hot water for heating via radiators, and buyers can be reluctant to purchase a home with this kind of heat. Hot water heating has many benefits over forced air heating. For example, other than the occasional hiss or sound of the boiler rumbling, hot water heating is much quieter than forced air heating.
If your home's hot water heater is making an odd whistling noise every time it heats water, you may be wondering what could be causing the strange sound. This whistling is often the sound made when the tank's temperature and pressure relief (TPR) valve is malfunctioning. Besides the high-pitched noise, also look for the following signs that the valve is failing and needs immediate professional attention.
1. Water Is Leaking from the Valve
As the winter months come to an end, cooling maintenance and home improvements are important. Doing good maintenance now will help improve the efficiency of your AC and prevent problems during the heat of the summer. The following tips will help you with the right maintenance and home improvements to get your home ready for hot summer weather.
1. Stop Air Leaks That Lead to Energy Loss and Excessive AC Wear
The furnace is such a pivotal appliance in your household to maintain, as it brings warm air in to keep your home comfortable during cold days of the year. If you take these maintenance steps, you can keep it working great and avoid costly repairs at the same time.
Change the Air Filter Periodically
The air filter is such an important component for your furnace. It collects dirt and debris to prevent them from affecting your furnace in any way.