5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall
Fall is a favorite time of year for so many people, and it’s obvious why! Between the cooler weather and all the fun fall activities, there’s so much to look forward to this time of year. However, before you can enjoy all the benefits of fall, you first need to prepare your home for the cooler weather. Follow these 5 tips to prepare your home for fall, and get ready to enjoy the season comfortably!
Ensuring your comfort system works properly as the weather gets colder is one of the most important aspects in keeping your home comfortable throughout the season. For the most effective way to do this, you need preventative maintenance performed on your system. During a preventative maintenance check-up from Garrison & Garrison, our technicians will come out, inspect your system and do any cleaning/make any adjustments necessary to keep the system running smoothly throughout the fall and winter.
On top of having our professionals come out to tune-up your system, there are some maintenance tasks you can do yourself:
- Ensure the outdoor unit is free of leaves, limbs, dirt, and other debris.
- Clean your air vents inside your home.
- Clean or change your air filter every 1-3 months, more often if you have pets.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat to save money and energy.
Ensuring your home is insulated properly is also an important step in staying comfortable and saving energy during any season. Before the weather gets too cold, check your attic for sufficient insulation. Since heat rises, if your attic is not properly insulated, you could lose heat and waste money this winter. Follow our helpful article What Type of Insulation Should I Use In My Home for some great DIY insulation information.
Windows & Doors
If your windows and doors have cracks, gaps, or have deteriorated, you could be losing heat and wasting money during the colder months. Check all your doors and windows and repair them using caulk or weatherstripping where necessary. If windows are too far gone, you may need to replace them. For more tips on preparing your home for cooler weather, read our helpful article 7 Best Tips for Winterizing Your Home.
If you weren’t regularly using the fireplace during the summer (which you likely were NOT), you may want to have it inspected and cleaned before using it for the first time this fall. Fireplaces regularly build up debris from dust, smoke, ashes, and possibly even animals. While you can check it yourself, you may want to hire a professional to ensure the safety of your home and your family this season. If you’re looking to do it yourself, click here for a helpful article to get you started.
You should also follow these home heating fire prevention tips to keep a safe home environment this season.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide leaks are most common in the fall and winter months as our furnaces are running full blast. Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly by replacing batteries and testing the equipment.
If you suspect your furnace is failing, click here for some helpful information regarding the signs and solutions of furnace failure.
If you need furnace or heat pump services this winter, contact Garrison & Garrison! Our professional staff is trained to service all furnaces and heat pumps. We can also answer any questions you might have and make recommendations for the best HVAC solutions for your home.
Garrison & Garrison is a trusted American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Huntsville, AL. Call us at (256) 859-8500 or email us at [email protected] with any questions or for more information.