How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall

The autumn season is a gorgeous one. With the changing leaves comes a change in temperature as our typically muggy climate gives way to cooler climes.

Here’s how to ensure a smooth transition from cooling to heating mode:

Schedule a Fall HVAC Tune-Up

Your central air system worked hard all summer to keep your home cool. Soon you’ll be relying on the same system to provide heating comfort. That’s why we recommend scheduling a fall tune-up. In fact, this is the best time of year for preventative HVAC maintenance. A technician will ensure that your central air system gets you through the remaining weeks of high heat and humidity, while also preparing it for the cooler temperatures ahead. That means we’ll check both your system’s cooling and heating functionality in one visit. It’s almost a two-for-one deal.

Change Your Filter

When is the last time you changed out your HVAC filter? After a season of peak use, your air filter likely needs to be replaced. The filter’s job is to trap dirt and debris as air passes through it. Over time, this simple piece of pleated fabric can become clogged, compromising your indoor air quality and the performance of your central air system. Change it to improve the air you breathe and trim cooling and heating costs this fall.

Clear Debris from the Condensing Unit

With fall comes falling leaves. Don’t let them pile up around the condensing unit outside. This appliance needs some breathing room to do its job. Also, trim back any shrubs that are threatening to crowd it. A good rule of thumb: the condensing unit needs two to three feet of clearance to facilitate the exchange of air.

Seal Drafts

Heating and cooling account for up to 40 percent of your monthly energy bill. Take every measure you can to reduce costs, including sealing any drafts around exterior doors and windows. To see where air might be escaping, light a candle and hold it near doors and windows. If it’s flickering, you found a draft. Use caulk or weatherstripping to create an air-tight seal. This will help keep costly conditioned air inside where it belongs.

Bottom line: Dallas gets downright cold, especially at night when temperatures drop below freezing. While the weather may be warm for now, it will take a turn. Make sure your HVAC system is prepared to provide the comfort you need by calling B&B Air and Heat at (972) 200-9413.

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