Back to school may be an exciting time for some, a stressful time for others, or a combination of the two. And whether you’re just starting your higher education journey, furthering your education, or your kids are returning to school this fall, it can all feel overwhelming. The last thing Middletown Heating & Cooling wants to do is add to your stress, so allow us to help by providing you with some quick tips to prepare your HVAC systems for this season in your lives.  

Why Is A Clean Air Filter Important? 

Your air filter plays a vital role in your heating and cooling system. While it may be a simple device, air filters fulfill several valuable functions within your home. As we transition seasons, we recommend replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one or, at the very least, thoroughly cleaning your current one. Note that air filters should be swapped out at least every 30-60 days, preferably before the winter season comes. Here are some advantages to why changing your air filter is the best decision: 

  • Extending Your HVAC Unit’s Life 
  • Lowering Energy Costs 
  • Maintaining Healthy Air Quality 
  • Avoiding Frequent Repairs and Breakdowns  
  • Creating Peace of Mind 

How Do I Clean My Outdoor Unit? 

It’s essential to clean your outdoor unit before the cold weather sets in. You want to ensure you get the most out of your unit’s functioning and financial efficiency. Air conditioners and heat pumps demand adequate airflow to move heat efficiently. Allow two feet of clearance around your unit, removing any vegetation and obstructions within this parameter. Anything beyond this, we recommend professional maintenance.  

However, if you insist on doing a little more for your unit, you could also clean your compressor, primarily your cooling fins, if you feel comfortable doing so. First, turn off the power and remove the top panel. Gently remove as much dirt and debris as possible with a shop vac. Clean the fins with a garden hose, WITHOUT using a high-pressure nozzle. Clean in an in-to-out direction to ensure the dirt and debris are effectively washed out of your unit. If fins are bent, you may straighten them with a fin comb. If you do not possess a fin comb, then a butter knife should suffice. Anything beyond this should be retired to the professionals.  

Why Should I Clean My Coils? 

Dirty coils cause your home’s air quality to decline, motors to stop working, as well as reduce the life expectancy of your unit overall. Additionally, maintenance performed on dirty systems leads to misdiagnosed unit problems and unnecessary and ineffective repairs. 

Please, do not ignore the importance of quality HVAC maintenance this fall. Here at Middletown Heating & Cooling, we understand this may be a busy time, but we would hate to see any unwarranted declines in your unit, especially as winter approaches. Accordingly, call us today at (513) 268-3789, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here! And as always, thank you for your time and business!