Best Ways To Prepare Your HVAC Unit For Fall: A Homeowner's Guide

The leaves are going to start falling soon - and fall will be here before you know it. As the weather cools down and you kick on your furnace for the first time since winter, it's important to make sure your HVAC unit is ready. Here are the best ways to prepare your HVAC unit for fall.

1. Clean Your Outdoor Unit

The beautiful, colorful leaves falling during this time of year might be pretty - but it can be hazardous to your HVAC unit. Items like leaves, twigs, branches, and other debris can get lodged into your outdoor unit and cause blockages. Not only can this obstruct air flow, but it can also be a fire hazard. Keep your outdoor unit clean and free of any debris this fall by making sure it is well-maintained.

2. Change Your Air Filter

The seasons aren't the only thing changing. Your air filter should also be changing! It’s important to remember to change your air filters every 1-3 months to keep your indoor air quality healthy and your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently.

3. Adjust Your Thermostat

This time of year is when the weather starts to change, and evenings cool down a bit. The same settings you had on your thermostat for July and August aren’t the same settings that might be comfortable for you now. Set the temperatures to comfortable settings for you and your family this fall and winter.

4. Schedule A Maintenance

Now is the time to get your furnace ready for the cooler months ahead. A professional tune-up will help make sure your unit is clean and running at peak performance. The last thing you want is to have your furnace break down in the middle of winter.

5. Check For Air Leaks

Air leaks in your ductwork, windows, or doors mean that your HVAC system won't work as efficiently as it could. If you start to notice drafts throughout your home, then this is a sign you have air leaks. Seal all of your windows and doors with caulking and weather-stripping.

6. Ensure All Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Are Working

Carbon monoxide can be a huge problem if your furnace develops any cracks in the heat exchanger, so you want to have detectors to alert you of this possibility in case it happens. Smoke alarms on the other hand play an important role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Stay safe this fall and winter, and make sure all alarms and detectors in your home are working properly, have fresh batteries, and are doing their job to keep you safe and alert in the event of an emergency.

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