The summer seems like it will never end, doesn’t it? The hot temperatures and the high levels of humidity are seemingly ever-present here in Tampa, and we know how ready you are for it to cool down and chill out. But although summer won’t be around for too much longer, do you have your home’s heating and cooling unit ready to handle the fall?
Your HVAC unit has been chugging along for a few good months now, and it’s time to switch gears a bit and prepare for colder weather. Here are a few HVAC tips for prepare for fall from the friendly folks at Acree Plumbing & Air!
Replace Your Air Filters
Like we said, your AC has been working overtime for the better part of the year while it does everything it can to keep you and your family cool and comfortable. But even if it hasn’t suffered any mechanical problems, it needs a rest! Hopefully you’ve been keeping a regular air-filter-switching schedule, which usually runs around every 30 days or so.
But as you’re gearing up for the fall, it’s a smart idea to go ahead and swap out your air filter one more time to give your HVAC unit a fresh start as it switches functions.
Look for Any Air Leaks
We’re all in the business of trying to save as much money as possible, especially on energy bills. However, even if you take proper care of your thermostat and HVAC unit, you can still lose a ton of energy efficiency if you have any leaks in your home. Check around windows and doors — if you feel any airflow coming through a gap in them, then you’ve got a leak.
A simple weather-stripping installation should do the trick to eliminate those drafts and keep your home airtight. Once you fix these, you’ll notice a drastic increase in energy savings!
Clear Out the Condenser
Your outdoor unit is called the condenser, and it’s the big metal box that is probably situated on a concrete slab just outside your home. Its job is to get rid of cool/hot air and send it into the atmosphere outside, depending on what setting your HVAC unit is on. This unit needs space to operate correctly, and things like branches, grass clippings and other debris can restrict airflow and make it harder for the condenser to work correctly.
Take a few minutes to clear out a 5-foot radius from your condenser just to be safe. Your energy bills will thank you for it!
Schedule a Tune-Up
Although the other tips are helpful, they can only go so far. A professional inspection from a technician who has been trained and has experience in treating HVAC units will be better than anything else you could do yourself. They’ll go over every inch of your system, checking for problems and tiny issues that you wouldn’t notice unless you knew what to look for.
By inspecting and tuning up your HVAC unit, a technician will stop smaller problems in their tracks, well before they can spread and become more expensive and damaging!
Acree Plumbing & Air: Tampa’s Trusted HVAC Experts
An HVAC unit that is operating at maximum efficiency in the fall is crucial. It means that you won’t have to worry about staying warm when temperatures drop, and it’ll ensure a seamless transition to the latter part of the year. Follow these HVAC tips to prepare for fall, and you’ll be warm and comfortable when the temperatures drop!
With Acree Plumbing & Air, you’re getting a team that is dedicated to providing reliable, honest service that we are proud of. We treat your home like our very own, and we won’t rest until you and your family are totally satisfied.
Give us a call at (813) 524-6313 for more information about how we can get your HVAC unit ready for fall today!