If the smell of pumpkin spice everything didn’t give it away, then maybe the onslaught of holiday merchandise that is soon to line the aisle of every store will send the hint home: fall is officially here. With fall comes cooler temperatures, shorter days, and a welcoming breeze that breaks up the excessive heat that is common to Florida throughout much of the year.
There are a lot of things to love about the fall. When it comes to caring for your HVAC system, fall is a wonderful time of year. The moderate temperature means that you can give your AC a break without having to immediately start relying on your heat system. The result is a much smaller electric bill, not to mention a chance to give your HVAC system a well-deserved break. This is also a great time of year to take care of some essential HVAC maintenance tasks, you don’t just want to turn off the AC and open the windows without prepping your home for the winter months, which are just around the corner.
The task of preparing your home for fall goes well beyond the autumn decorations. Before you open up your windows and let the fall-time air flow through your home, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Check all windows and doorways for potential leaks. These might not be a big deal while you are leaving your windows open, but it will become an expensive leak when you start turning on the heat—not to mention how pricey a small air leak can get when having to run the AC.
- Inspect the HVAC System and other equipment to ensure that everything is functioning optimally. Hire an HVAC expert to test for leaks or electrical issues, to check on efficiency in heating and cooling elements, and to change the filter.
- Ensure that your air conditioning is properly winterized. In Jacksonville you don’t have to worry about too harsh a winter, but it is a good idea to get everything prepared so that you are able to properly care for your AC when those frosts do set in and there is a hard-freeze warning.
Finally, if you don’t already have a programmable thermostat now is the time to get one. As the weather continues to cool down you may find it easier to manage the temperature of your home by adjusting the AC to go on during peak points throughout the day and relying on the cool temperatures when they are at their lowest. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, the fall season will require a lot of manual adjustments.
Fall is the perfect time of year to make sure that your HVAC system is in tip-top shape. For information about HVAC repair and maintenance, contact an experienced representative from All Weather Contractors.