How to Protect Your HVAC System From Debris this Fall
The leaves of Autumn can be beautiful, but not when they're clogging up your HVAC system. Too much debris will reduce the overall functionality of your air conditioning unit, at least. That means that your utility bills will increase until you get this fixed. The worst-case scenario, however, is that your entire system will become a fire hazard. That's why you can solve this issue by cleaning and covering your unit and reducing external factors contributing to this problem. Other types of debris these methods can apply to include grass clippings and sand.
Cleaning the System
Open up the unit and clear away twigs, leaves, and anything else that shouldn't be there. You can use a broom to sweep away that debris. This activity is something you should do weekly. Every few months, though, you should perform a deep cleaning on the system. That includes cleaning the fans or other parts much further into the unit. Don't forget to turn the power off before you do this.
It would be best if you also cleaned the vents each season. An additional benefit to this action is that you can potentially discover signs of leakage and act on it before it results in real damage.
Cover the Unit
Covers will prevent debris from getting into the system. This type of protection comes in multiple forms, like off-season. The off-season covers are made with waterproof material and completely encloses the entire unit. It's okay for Autumn, but don't use it during winter. There's also the covers made with a thin mesh that allows for airflow. This protection works well against much larger debris, like leaves, but might let things like sand and water slip through a bit.
You might not be able to protect your HVAC system from natural wastes 100% of the time, but you can further reduce the outside factors. One such cause is surrounding plants. If you can, try to move nearby bushes to other parts of your yard. Not only can debris like leaves and twigs end up in your unit, but the plant could start growing its branches into the machine itself. Cover your HVAC system, making sure it's not currently in use, for when you plan on mowing the lawn that day. Another suggestion is to put a barrier around your unit to protect it even more.
There are plenty of other strategies you can implement to shield and preserve your HVAC system. Just remember that some might apply only to the fall, but not other seasons. If you have more questions about what you can do or would like one of our HVAC professionals to look at your unit, contact Harwich Port Heating and Cooling today.