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How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall

A home decorated with pumpkins for fall.

Can you believe summer is almost over? Neither can we! The weather is about to start cooling down, the kids are back in school, and weekends of apple picking are upon us. While the fall activities are fun and exciting, you can’t neglect the basic HVAC maintenance tasks you need to take care of in order to have a properly functioning system for the new season.

In this blog, we’ll be sharing a few tips for you to make sure your HVAC system is ready for fall, like scheduling your seasonal HVAC tune-up you might have forgotten about in the beginning of summer. So, before you set the pumpkins out on the porch, take the family apple picking, and change out your wardrobe for the chillier weather, make sure you complete these tasks. We’ve made the list, so all you have to do is to cross it off twice!

Replace Your Air Filters

Throughout summer, your AC was definitely working hard to make sure your house stayed cool and comfortable for you and your family. But, as time goes on, air filters can become clogged with dirt, dust, and other indoor air contaminants that will begin to travel through your home if the filters are not replaced. Changing out your air filters regularly will ensure clean, sufficient air flow throughout your home.

Pro tip: Check your air filters every 30 days and replace them every 60 to 90 days.

Seal Air Leaks

The last thing you need as the weather starts getting cooler is an unwanted draft in your home. Check all of your windows and doors for air leaks and seal them accordingly. Caulk or weather stripping will work just fine!

Clean Your Outdoor Unit

It’s common for plants, weeds, and other grass clippings to accumulate around your outdoor unit throughout the summer. As fall approaches, make sure to clear the area around your unit to prevent any of this debris from going inside your unit. Keep clearing it throughout fall as the leaves are sure to build up!

Schedule a Maintenance Checkup

The best way to make sure your HVAC system is ready for fall is by scheduling your seasonal tune-up with Earnhardt Heating & Cooling, Inc.. This might be the most important step in your checklist as our technicians will inspect every inch of your system and make sure you don’t run into any major problems when the new season arrives.

Clean Your Vents

As fall approaches, check your air vents for any dirt, dust, or debris that might have built up during summer. The more dust that accumulates, the less sufficient your air flow becomes, which is the perfect recipe for higher energy bills.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Fall is back to school season, which means there aren’t any kids running around the house during the day. If your home is empty during most of the day during fall, there’s no need to be cooling a house with no one home! Turn the thermostat up a few degrees and try to find a temperature that everyone in your household is comfortable with. This will save you energy on your bills and will balance well with the cooler nighttime temperatures.

At Earnhardt Heating & Cooling, Inc., we can’t stress enough how important it is to prep your HVAC system before the start of a new season to ensure ultimate comfort all year long. If you’re ready to schedule your seasonal HVAC tune-up, what are you waiting for? Give us a call at (336) 814-2613 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.