Air ConditioningHVAC TipsOutdoor HVAC unit covered in fall leaves in a backyard

Now that the weather is cooling down, it’s time to prepare your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) for the fall season and the lead-up to winter. Ensure your HVAC system is ready to tackle the colder months ahead with these tips: 

1. Change the Air Filter

Change the HVAC air filter at the beginning of the fall season to help clean the air that flows through your home. A new HVAC filter creates better airflow and will trap dust, debris and harmful bacteria while effectively improving indoor air quality, reducing energy costs and extending the system’s life.

2. Check the Outdoor Unit

Ensure nothing obstructs the outdoor AC unit. Cut back grass, shrubs or trees within two feet of the unit. Remove any fallen leaves, debris and grass clippings that may have built up during summer. While you’re outside, check for signs of exterior damage.

3. Modify the Thermostat

Remember to switch your thermostat to the heat setting. Consider upgrading to a smart programmable thermostat for added convenience and energy savings. Modern thermostats can often be managed using a smartphone, so you can set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature before you get home. Carrier Smart Thermostats can help you achieve your ideal temperature, humidity, and airflow through customized schedules and automatic adjustments.

4. Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

Improve HVAC performance and schedule preventative maintenance with Hargrave Heating & Air Conditioning this fall for peace of mind. A qualified technician can confirm that your HVAC is operating correctly and in good condition. If faced with the decision to repair or replace your HVAC, our experts can help you make an informed choice. 

Contact the Hargrave Heating & Air Conditioning team for reliable HVAC installation, maintenance, replacement and repairs.