Yes, Autumn will eventually come. Temperatures in the Wake Forest and surrounding area will cool down and you'll be able to turn off your air conditioning unit for a few months. Before you think about flipping the thermostat to “heat” as morning and evening temperatures begin to dip, now is a great time to think about preparing your HVAC system for the fall and winter months.
Start with Your Air Filter
Summer dust storms have a way of wreaking havoc on HVAC systems. Therefore, the first way you can prepare your HVAC for fall is to replace your air filter. This simple swap only takes two minutes but will have you breathing cleaner air all season.
Check for Air Leaks
Whether you have an older home or a brand new one, air leaks can occur in your home's ductwork, leading to an increase in your energy bills. Not only that, but these leaks make it challenging for your HVAC system to heat your home. Small leaks left untreated place extreme wear and tear on your system, leading to costly repairs. Therefore, be sure to check for air leaks and repair them promptly if you want to prepare your HVAC system for fall.
Adjust Your Thermostat
As it starts to get cooler in the evenings, your home will also start to feel cooler. While you may have continued running your air conditioning all night during the summer months, that's no longer necessary. In fact, go ahead and turn the AC off or set the temperature for what feels comfortable. You'll instantly start saving money over what you’ve been spending all summer long. If anything, you may need to switch the thermostat over to heat.
Make Sure Vents are Clear
Take some time to clear away any vegetation, debris, tree limbs and other things that could potentially obstruct your HVAC system’s blower and evaporator coils. You'll also want to make sure that your vents are dust-free in order for your heater to work properly this fall and winter. If you see anything blocking the airflow, clean it off.
Schedule a Maintenance Check
While many homeowners get tune-ups on their HVAC units before the hot summer months begin, many don't take the time to schedule a fall maintenance check to ensure their heat pump or furnace is working as it should be leading into fall; and it's probably the most important way to prepare your HVAC for fall. Regularly servicing your air conditioner, heater and ductwork can extend the life of your HVAC system by years, as well as improve your interior air quality. Ignored, and it can be a costly mistake that can leave you in the cold when you really need heat.
Call CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule a maintenance check. Preparing your HVAC system for fall can save you time, money and peace of mind all season long. Don't wait until your heat doesn't work later this year, make your appointment today!