As the weather begins to cool off, it’s time to prep the furnace for the coming winter months. It’s also a good time to have an end-of-the-summer air conditioner tune-up. This September, it’s a good time to end the summer do some HVAC maintenance to prep your system for winter weather.
Arrange for Air Conditioning Services
Before you put your AC to rest for the winter, it’s a good idea to have a professional air conditioning service check done. For one thing, an HVAC technician can check for leaks that could encourage mold and mildew from growing in your system while it’s out of use. They can also find problems that could prevent your AC from working properly when you need it next summer.
Changing the filters will help make your air conditioner ready to go when the summer heats up. Also, clean any dust from your vents and ducts. Mold and mildew can also grow there. Finally, have your technician check for a clog in the condensate drain line.
Get a Tune-up for Your Furnace
Air conditioning services generally service furnaces too. While you have an HVAC technician looking over your air conditioner, have them check the furnace too. They can check for things like dangerous gas leaks or blockages to the system. They can also tighten any loose connections and adjust the thermostat to make sure it’s accurate.
One thing that you can do is go outside and clear away any weeds and leaf litter around your HVAC unit. Yard waste can block the air intake of your unit, but it can also attract rodents and insects. These pests can eventually find their way into your home as they seek out a warm place to spend the winter.
Find the Perfect Thermostat Setting
Early fall is a cross-over time, with warm days and cool nights. You may need to adjust your thermostat setting to remain comfortable during this time. Keep in mind, your cooling and heating bill is a significant portion of your utility bills, so you’ll need to balance comfort with your budget.
Since the days are not very hot or very cold, you can set it to turn off your HVAC while you are at work. You can also close any vents that you don’t need. This can also save you money before the big heating bills of winter begin to roll in.
Tuning up your HVAC system in both the spring and fall can ensure that it’s working properly when you need it most. Scheduling regular furnace and air conditioning services can also help prevent expensive repair bills down the road.