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Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons in Perry, Georgia. The leaves brighten as the heat gives way to cooler temperatures, putting everyone in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. As nature starts to shift toward colder days, now’s the perfect time to schedule HVAC maintenance. Here’s why.

Prepare for Winter

You’ve relied on your air conditioner all summer long, so it’s put in more than its fair share of work this past season. Now that it’s fall, your AC deserves a thorough checkup to make sure it’s still in good shape.

Unless you’ve carefully maintained your lawn, overgrowth and debris can overrun your exterior HVAC unit by late summer. As foliage starts to die off, it can still obscure your outdoor unit until you’ve had a chance to clear it.

Fall is the ideal time to do some much-needed weeding around your exterior air conditioner unit or heat pump to ensure the airflow is unobstructed for winter. Otherwise, you could switch over to heat and realize your system isn’t working like it should.

Clear the Air

Homes can get stuffy any time of year, especially if you don’t maintain your HVAC system and allow it to build up dust and debris. This includes changing the air filters every one to three months to boost airflow. Now with winter around the corner, you have the perfect chance to clear the air.

Boosting your home’s indoor air quality is essential regardless, but it’s critical during the colder months when you’re more likely to stay inside. Scheduling your annual preventative HVAC maintenance during the fall will ensure you have a clean, dust-free system for the year ahead. Plus, you can consult with your HVAC service technician about tips to improve indoor air quality all winter long, such as investing in an air cleaner or a ventilator.

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) affects more people during the winter than any other season, because it’s a byproduct of incomplete fuel combustion. Symptoms of CO poisoning include sudden exhaustion, chest pain, dizziness, headache, nausea and other flu-like symptoms. At its worst, carbon monoxide can even be fatal.

Malfunctioning furnaces are a common source of CO, as are leaky chimney flues and gas lines. Having a carbon monoxide detector is essential for every home, because it helps protect your family.

If the alarm goes off or you suspect CO poisoning, turn off the source of the leak, open the windows to ventilate the space and exit the home. Call the fire department and your HVAC service technician to address the problem.

Avoid Unnecessary Repairs

Putting off your annual HVAC maintenance can be costlier in the long run. HVAC systems are expensive investments, so why wouldn’t you want to maintain yours to keep it running for as long as possible?

When you schedule your HVAC service in the fall, you get all the repairs and cleaning needed to prep the system for winter. Your system will also be ready to switch back to air conditioning in the spring. There’s nothing more miserable than dealing with an HVAC repair in the dead of winter when you need heat to survive. Plus, homeowners are more in a rush to schedule their maintenance in the spring before the cooling season. You can avoid the backlog and potentially save time and money by making your appointment now.

By scheduling regular inspections and adhering to your service agreement in a timely manner, you’re less likely to experience unnecessary downtime due to components breaking. Prevention can save you a ton of money down the road.

Don’t put off HVAC maintenance any longer. Call Pruett Air Conditioning at 478-298-4115 for all your HVAC service needs. Get ahead of your neighbors this year and keep your home safe from potential dangers.

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