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Here in Auburn, AL, fall signals not only the arrival of everything pumpkin spice but also the onset of allergy season. It’s that time of year when keeping your indoor air quality at its best becomes essential.

Did you know there’s a link between heating and cooling maintenance and your well-being during allergy season?

With shorter, cooler days ahead, ensuring your HVAC system is in peak condition is a key defense against allergens. It starts with duct and vent maintenance.

Join us as we share expert tips and insights to help you breathe easier and stay cozy this fall.

First Things First: Change the Air Filter

If you enjoy DIY home maintenance, changing your air filter is the most straightforward task you can tackle. It’s something you should include in your fall heating and cooling maintenance.

The filter’s job is to trap dust, debris, and contaminants before they enter your indoor air. Imagine how filthy the is by the end of summer.

For those with allergies, the choice of air filters is important.

If you haven’t already done so, consider using high-efficiency filters, such as HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters. These filters capture even the smallest particles, such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites, making them incredibly effective at reducing allergens in the air.

If you’re not sure which filter is best for your specific allergies, consider consulting with an HVAC professional. 

Clean Vents and Registers

Cleaning vents and registers is a quick and effective way to enhance the performance of your HVAC system. It will also help maintain healthier indoor air quality.

These openings are dust magnets. They attract all kinds of debris, including pet hair. The buildup can obstruct airflow and reduce the system’s efficiency. 

Don’t forget the vent covers. They collect a surprising amount of dust and grime. Removing them for a thorough cleaning is a small step that yields significant benefits.

Wipe them down, or for a more comprehensive clean, soak them in soapy water, rinse, and allow them to dry before reinstallation. When you have the vent covers off for cleaning, take the opportunity to inspect the vents.

Remove debris and take note of the condition of your ductwork.

Give Your Ductwork Some Attention

Maybe you’ve never inspected the ductwork in your home. It’s easy to forget about it, after all, it’s hidden behind the walls and ceilings.

Ductwork makes a great hiding place for dust and grime. Not only that, but leaky ducts allow air to escape, which means your HVAC system won’t run efficiently.

It’s easy to clean ducts and remove debris from around the outside and inside the opening. To enjoy the full benefits of clean air ducts, you’ll want to schedule a professional cleaning.

Schedule Fall Heating and Cooling Maintenance Today

After you take care of your DIY HVAC projects, don’t forget to call your HVAC service technician. Scheduling professional heating and cooling maintenance is the best thing you can do for your HVAC system.

Advanced Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC has been taking care of HVAC systems in the Auburn, AL area for over 40 years. We’re proud of our reputation as Central Alabama’s leading HVAC company. 

Don’t let fall allergies take over your home. Schedule fall HVAC maintenance today.