HVAC Maintenance Tips for Cedar Rapids Homeowners

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One of the worst things that can happen during the late fall or winter is for your furnace to break down on a below-freezing day. This not only creates severe comfort issues, but it can also lead to a dangerous situation. The best way to care for your heating and cooling system and avoid untimely breakdowns is through regular maintenance services. In our most recent blog, Novak Heating and Air Conditioning shares some important fall HVAC maintenance tips.

Fall HVAC Tips to Keep Your Utility Bills Low This Winter

Does the thought of colder weather make your wallet ache? If you experience high utility bills in the colder months once you turn your heat on, our fall HVAC maintenance tips can help save you lots of money this winter.

Fall Tune-Up

We recommend having your furnace or heating system tuned up once a year, preferably in the fall before you turn it on for the first time. This allows our Cedar Rapids heating technicians to catch small problems early before they lead to bigger, more expensive repairs down the road.

Change Your Air Filter

During your fall tune-up, your technician will change your air filter, if necessary. Start developing a habit of changing your air filter every 90 days or according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This helps prevent allergens from circulating in the air and keeps your furnace running efficiently. You can buy most furnace filters at any hardware store. Smokers, pet owners, and anyone who has asthma or allergies may want to change their furnace filter more frequently.

Thermostat Upgrade

New technology has made keeping your home comfortable a breeze. If you don’t have a smart thermostat, ask your technician more about them during your fall furnace tune-up. Smart thermostats monitor the weather, follow schedules, and can be controlled by your smartphone or virtual assistant. With all of these new features, users report saving between 10-23% on their energy bills. 


During the winter, our houses suffer from low humidity. You may notice dry air and static electricity during the coldest months of the year. This can cause chapped lips, dry skin, and irritate your sinuses. Low humidity can also make your house feel colder, which can make you turn up the heat.

If this sounds like your home, then the next of our next fall maintenance tip is to consider getting a whole-house humidifier. Not only will it help make your home feel more comfortable, but it can also improve your indoor air quality as well.

Air Duct Cleaning

If there are some rooms in your house that are more stuffy than others, the reason might be restricted airflow. Your air ducts expand in the heat and retract in the cold. Over time, leaks and cracks emerge. Dust, allergens, critters, and bugs can also clog up your vents. Air duct cleaning from Novak Heating and Air Conditioning can help clear these airways and make the entire house feel comfortable again. 

Schedule Your Fall Tune-Up With Novak Heating & Air Conditioning Today

Saving money on utility bills this winter starts with your fall tune-up from Novak Heating and Air Conditioning. Our friendly team members are happy to share with you more fall HVAC maintenance tips to keep your home cozy and comfortable all winter long. Contact Novak Heating and Air Conditioning today for heating and air conditioner services for your Cedar Rapids, IA, home.