Scott Denslow Ask The Expert

Don’t let these autumn chores fall off your to-do list

Scott Denslow Ask The ExpertQ: As we enter the fall season, what are some things to keep in mind around my home?

A: Wildfire smoke can enter your home and be recirculated through your HVAC system if there are leaks or gaps in your ductwork. It can also come in through windows and doors due to poor weatherstripping.

Leaks can occur if missing insulation and humidity cause rust in the metal pipes, while gaps at seams in ductwork pipes can happen over time from shifting due to earthquakes. It’s a good rule of thumb to have ductwork and weatherstripping checked annually.

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Meanwhile, running the AC when the outside temperature is 65 degrees or lower can cause significant damage to the compressor, the most expensive component. You’d be surprised how often I see this one.

So next time you are baking your autumn pies, resist the urge to switch on the air.

Scott Denslow is the owner of Safe at Home Inspection Service. He is an InterNACHI and ASHI certified inspector who has 46 five-star ratings on Yelp. Send your home inspection questions or topics you want to see covered to For more information, visit