The temperatures in Vero Beach, Florida, are starting to cool down. With less humid days and cooler nights, you’re probably tempted to turn off your HVAC system and open the windows. This is a great way to save energy and money. Another way is to perform HVAC maintenance. Here are three HVAC maintenance tasks every homeowner can complete:

Change the Filter in Your HVAC System

Your HVAC system’s air filter stops particle pollutants from collecting in the ducts and re-circulating in your home. As a result, it protects your HVAC system from straining itself and helps prevent poor indoor air quality.

A dirty or clogged filter won’t work as well to facilitate this process. That’s why homeowners should remember to change their HVAC system’s filter every 90 days during the winter. In the summer, change yours every 30 days.

Clean the Ceiling Fans and Adjust Their Direction

If you were using them correctly, the ceiling fans in your home rotated in a counterclockwise direction in the summer to produce a wind chill effect that made your home feel cooler. It also reduced your reliance on the AC system, helping you save up to 40 percent on cooling costs. But now that the temperatures are cooler, it’s time to adjust them.

During cooler nights, your ceiling fans should rotate in a clockwise direction so they can redistribute the warm air that your HVAC system has produced. While you’re adjusting the switch, use this time to also dust your ceiling fans.

Check the Condensate Drain Pan

Your HVAC system has been working hard to keep you cool and comfortable all summer and fall. As a result, the condensate drain pan likely has a lot of water in it. Check the condensate drain pan and empty it if it’s filled with water. Doing this periodically will help you prevent water damage in your home and the presence of microbial growth.

HVAC systems are complex pieces of equipment. To avoid property damage and personal injury, you should all other HVAC maintenance tasks to a professional. Contact Barker Air Conditioning and Heating at 772-562-2103 to schedule your fall tune-up today. Our service technicians will perform a detailed check to ensure your unit operates efficiently.

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