The Ultimate Home Prep Secrets for the Fall! Part 2: HVAC Edition
The Ultimate Home Prep Secrets for the Fall!
Part 2: HVAC Edition
By: Sherri Walbeck
Football has started, pumpkin spice lattes have launched, and the air is starting to become cooler and cooler by the day. This can only mean one thing, that fall has officially started and so must your fall home preparation begin. When preparing your home for the colder weather ahead, you need to take proactive steps to handle whatever Mother Nature is preparing for us. Having maintenance checks and safety measures in place will not only enhance the comfort of your home, but will save you money and energy in the long run.
HVAC Prep for the Fall Season
Scheduling a Professional HVAC Inspection
A thorough inspection by a professional will identify any issues that may have developed over the summer and ensure that your heating system is ready to take on any cold headed our way. Don’t wait until you’re shivering in your living room to realize that your furnace isn’t functioning correctly. Trust a Malek expert to identify potential problems and make necessary repairs, so you can stay toasty all season long.
Cleaning and Replacing Air Filters
During the fall, when you’re likely to spend more time indoors, especially with the holidays fast approaching, it’s even more important to clean or replace your air filters regularly. Clogged filters restrict airflow, strain your HVAC system, and can lead to higher energy bills. Keep your system running smoothly by cleaning or changing your filters every one to three months.
Checking and Adjusting Thermostat Setting
Consider investing in a programmable thermostat if you haven’t already. This allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, ensuring you’re warm when you need to be and saving energy when you’re not. Take advantage of this nifty device to create a cozy and cost-effective indoor climate.
Sealing Drafts and Air Leaks
Drafty windows and doors can turn your cozy home into a chilly space. But fear not, sealing those drafts and air leaks is easier than you think! Grab a tube of weatherstripping or caulk and get to work. Check for any gaps around windows, doors, and electrical outlets. These sneaky openings can let cold air seep in and warm air escape, causing your heating bill to skyrocket. Seal them up, and you’ll notice a significant improvement in both your comfort and your budget!
Adding Insulation to Attics, Walls, and Floors
Adding insulation to attics, walls, and floors can help regulate temperatures, keeping your home toasty during those chilly fall evenings. Don’t worry if you’re not a DIY expert – there are plenty of insulation options available, from easy-to-install rolls to blown-in options. A well-insulated home is not only more comfortable but also more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long run.
Cleaning and Maintaining Outdoor HVAC Units
Your HVAC system has been working hard all summer, and now it’s time to give it some TLC before the cooler months arrive. Outdoor HVAC units can accumulate debris like leaves and dirt, which can hinder their efficiency. Take a few minutes to clean off any buildup and ensure proper airflow. If you’re not confident in tackling this task yourself, don’t hesitate to call in a professional. They’ll handle it like a breeze (pun intended).
Now that you’re armed with these ultimate home prep secrets for fall, you’re ready to tackle the season head-on! Take a proactive approach to home maintenance, and you’ll enjoy a cozier, energy-efficient, and stress-free autumn. Don’t wait until the last minute – start your fall home preparation today and enjoy a cozy and worry-free season ahead!
Call us at (979) 446-0296 or schedule with one of our certified technicians to have your home prepped for the fall!
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Why is fall home preparation important?
Fall home preparation is important because it helps you avoid potential problems and ensures that your home is ready for the colder months. By properly maintaining your HVAC system, plumbing, and electrical systems, you can enhance the comfort of your home, prevent costly repairs, and save on energy costs.
- How often should I schedule HVAC maintenance for the fall?
It is recommended to schedule professional HVAC maintenance at least once a year, ideally before the start of the fall season. This ensures that your system is clean, efficient, and in good working condition, ready to provide optimum heating during the colder months.
October 19, 2023