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09.24.13Fall will soon be here in Oak Park and Royal Hills, and along with back-to-school busy-ness, raking leaves, and turning back the clock, it’s also time to tackle fall maintenance for your home. In addition to taking care of these tasks now so that your home is winterized and snug against chilly temperatures and blowing snow, it’s also important to make sure your HVAC system is functioning properly now; this reduces the possibility that you’ll need service when temperatures are plummeting.

Fall Maintenance Tasks

Check for leaks in common places. Windows, places with recessed lighting, electrical outlets and window and door frames are common places for air leaks. Walking around your home with a lit candle on a windy day will show you just where they occur. You can block leaks by caulking around windows, or by replacing them with newer, more energy-efficient ones if necessary.

Repairing exterior cracks and leaks are also an important part of fall maintenance for home winterization. For cracks in brick, use masonry sealer, and for other areas, weather resistant caulk.

Your HVAC system’s ductwork can have leaks, too. Ductwork leaks can cause bad air quality, higher energy bills, and chilly indoor temps. Schedule an appointment and have an HVAC professional inspect your ductwork and fix leaks as part of your fall maintenance – before winter sets in. Not only will you save money on energy bills, but you’ll be much more comfortable and won’t have to wait for service if your HVAC system should malfunction.

Schedule an HVAC system fall maintenance checkup. The technician will inspect ductwork, system components, and wiring to make sure everything is functioning properly, then will make adjustments and perform repairs, clean/replace filters and other parts as necessary to ensure your system is functioning optimally.

Depending on your HVAC system’s age and condition, your technician may advise replacement rather than repair it. A federal tax credit is available for systems that qualify.

Contact Aladdin Heating & Cooling and schedule your fall maintenance checkup today. Questions or concerns? We’re here to help, 24 hours a day. We’ve been proudly serving Southeast Michigan since 1945.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Detroit, Michigan about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about maintenance and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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