The crisp October months mean winter will be here before you know it. Fall is the perfect time to make sure your HVAC unit is ready to handle the cooler weather. Here are the top 3 surprising ways you can prepare your HVAC unit for fall.
1. Change Your Air Filters
Before turning off your AC for the winter, change your air filters so when it’s time to turn it back on again, it’s not even something you have to think about. When it comes to your furnace, you’ll want to make sure you’re changing your filters every 1-3 months, depending on the activity inside your home and the efficiency of your filter. For example, if you have pets, you’ll want to consider changing them every 1 month. Dirty and clogged filters can lead to many problems with your HVAC system. For example, it could prevent your system from heating your home adequately and efficiently, which can also increase your energy bills. Not only that, but it can also put unnecessary strain on your system, forcing it to work harder than it needs to.
2. Test Your Alarms and Detectors
Smoke detectors are designed to give you an early warning of a potential fire. Carbon monoxide detectors are designed to give you an early warning of potential carbon monoxide poisoning. According to The U.S. Fire Administration, 3 out of 5 home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. Without working alarms and detectors, you have nothing to warn you of these hazards. To keep you and your family safe all fall and winter long, you want to make sure your alarms and detectors are working.
3. Seal Air Leaks
According to EnergyStar, air leakage accounts for between 25%-40% of the energy used for heating and cooling in the average household. If you feel drafts coming through, consider sealing those gaps this fall. There are many benefits to sealing the air leaks in your home, including:
- Even temperatures
- Improved comfort and efficiency
- Reduced drafts throughout the home
- Improved indoor air quality
- Better HVAC performance
- Lower energy bills
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An HVAC maintenance is another way to ensure your heating and cooling system is prepared for falls. Even if your unit appears to be working fine, you should still schedule preventative maintenance at least once a year. While you can schedule your maintenance any time of the year, the best times are in early spring (before the hot summer months) and early fall (before the cold winter months). The last thing you want is to have your furnace break down on the coldest day of the year. Preventative maintenance can help avoid this by catching problems early enough. During your maintenance, our technicians will thoroughly inspect your unit and ensure everything is working properly.
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