How to Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall

fotex2021-09-29T17:05:45-07:00September 29th, 2021|Blog, HVAC Blog|

There are many ways that you can start to get your home ready for the fall season. It is essential to stay up to date on all of the maintenance around your home before the fall months hit. Our technicians at Atlas Cooling & Heating know there’s a lot that needs to get done, so we came up with the perfect list on how to prepare your HVAC system for fall.

Clean & Replace Air Filters

Cleaning or replacing your air filters is an easy and inexpensive way to prep your home for the fall season. When your air filter gets dirty, specific allergens and pollutants can get trapped, hindering the efficiency of your HVAC. You should make sure to stay updated on your HVAC systems replacement schedule, which is usually every month. Regularly cleaning or changing your air filters could knock off up to ten percent of your energy bill.

Clean & Seal Air Ducts

Simple tasks like cleaning and sealing parts of your home are the perfect way to prepare your HVAC system for the fall. Cleaning out your air ducts allows them to circulate fresh air, and sealing them prevents drafts and energy waste in your home. If you’re looking to get your air ducts cleaned or closed for the fall and winter months, reach out to one of our Atlas Cooling & Heating technicians to get started!

Clean Outdoor Compressor Unit

For the most part, debris can accumulate on your outdoor compressor unit. Therefore, this is an important task to remember to complete when preparing your HVAC system for fall. You should remove any leaves, sticks, dirt, trash, or other items that have gotten stuck in your compressor unit. You can also power wash the unit and compressor coils after turning off the power to the unit to remove any dust or debris.

Protect Your HVAC from Bad Weather

There are a couple of different ways to protect your HVAC unit from lousy weather. One option is covering it with a tarp or weatherproof cover, ensuring that none of the outdoor elements can reach it. However, sometimes animals will use this as potential shelter, and it can also trap moisture and mold. If you specifically use a heat pump for your HVAC, do not cover it up. If you have more questions about how to protect and prepare your HVAC from bad weather this fall, speak to one of our technicians at Atlas Cooling & Heating.

Test Your Heat

Before the fall season starts, it is good to test out and turn on your heating system before the weather begins to change. This way, if there are any issues you were unaware of, you can quickly fix them before changing the seasons. This is an essential step to prepare your HVAC system for fall because it can save you from having to do it once it’s already cold.

Re-Caulk & Weather-strip Windows, Doors, & Pipes

This is a great idea to do right before the weather starts to cool down. Re-caulking and weather-stripping your windows, doors, and pipes keeps warm air from escaping or from cold air coming in. It is vital to make sure that you do this since this release or incoming of hot or cold air can increase your electric bill, which you don’t want.

Change Your Thermostat Settings

Once it gets colder outside, you’ll want to increase the temperature settings on your thermostat. When you do this, it will keep your home warm during the cool months. We offer modern thermostats that you can easily use and place around your home.

Remove Window AC Units

When transitioning to the fall season, removing your air conditioner unit out of the window is crucial. You should then store your AC, check for any potential issues, and seal your windows. If you’re looking to upgrade your HVAC system or need any questions answered, reach out to Atlas Cooling & Heating!

Schedule a Professional HVAC Check-Up

Our expert technicians can install or replace new HVAC systems and provide high-quality maintenance to the HVAC system in your home. We can identify damaged parts or technical issues when providing care to our customer’s HVAC systems. We are offering our performance check-up special, at the exceptional price of just $49.99! Our Atlas Cooling & Heating team members are professional when assisting our customers and scheduling projects or maintenance services.

Change the Batteries in Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

It is a smart idea to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every two years at least. Making sure the batteries are working correctly can give you and your family peace of mind, especially during the cooler months.

Upgrade Your HVAC if Necessary

If you’ve had your HVAC system for at least ten years or more and you think it’s time to replace it and get a new one, fall is the ideal time to do it. Technicians aren’t usually as busy in the fall months, so you can quickly get it installed. You should think about replacing your HVAC if it runs more than it should, leaks fluid, emits an odd odor, releases warm air, or makes your electric bill unusually high.

What We Can Do to Help

It can be challenging to remember all of the small or large tasks to remember to do to your HVAC system before the cold weather hits. However, our Atlas Cooling & Heating technicians can answer any questions or assist our customers in preparing their HVAC system for fall, along with other seasons. Give us a call or go online today to get a free quote and speak to one of our team members at (877) 452-8527 or atlascoolingandheating.com!

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