Summer is officially over, and the quick setting of the sun and the cooler temperatures prove it. For homeowners throughout Illinois, the cooler weather is not only much anticipated, but something that raises questions about what steps are necessary to prepare the home for fall and winter. Here are some steps that you need to take to get your home and air conditioner ready for cooler weather–
Perform Routine Maintenance
The end of the summer season is the perfect time to perform some routine maintenance on your HVAC system. This maintenance helps to ensure that your heating system will work properly once it’s cool enough to turn it on, and that your air conditioner will be prepped and primed for the next summer. Routine maintenance that we recommend includes:
- Replace your filters – Chances are your filters are loaded with dust and debris, pet hair and dander, after a summer of working hard. Make sure they’re replaced as you prepare for cooler weather.
- Update your thermostat – Is your thermostat programmable? If not, you should strongly consider replacing it – programmable thermostats save money and energy. Now’s also the time to test your thermostat and make sure that your heating system is working.
- Clean it up – If there is dust, debris, rust, or any other damage or build up around your HVAC unit or any ducts or vents, clean it up. If necessary, call a professional for maintenance, comprehensive cleaning services, or/and repair.
Determine Whether or Not You Need to Cover Your A/C Unit
Whether or not you need to cover your air conditioning unit during the fall and winter months will depend on the type of unit you have and where it’s located. In fact, most units are designed to withstand exposure to snow and rain, and therefore many air conditioning units do not need to be covered. If you’re unsure about whether or not you should cover your unit, you should call a professional who can assess your unit and provide you with more information specific to you.
Get Your Home Ready for Cooler Weather, Too
It’s not just your heating and air conditioning system that you need to prepare for the cooler weather, but your entire home. Indeed, by making sure that windows and doors all close completely without drafts or air leaks; insulating drafty areas, windows, and garages; and installing weather stripping, you can maximize your home’s energy efficiency and cut down on your heating costs when it’s chilly out.
Call Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning Today for a Professional Assessment
As you prepare your home and HVAC system for the cooler weather, we recommend calling a professional for an energy assessment and HVAC system maintenance. At Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning, we have 50 years of experience in HVAC systems, and are ready to take a look at your system today!
To schedule services today, please send us a message or reach us at 708-339-6444. We look forward to working with you!