Transition From Summer to Fall With These HVAC Tips
Fortunately for us in Michigan, we see a gradual shift from summer to fall. In fact, sometimes we are given a couple summer-like days in mid-October. Because of this smooth transition between seasons, homeowners can begin a just-as-easy transition in their house, shutting down their air conditioner and firing up the furnace.
When you rely less and less on your air conditioner, you shouldn’t simply plan on leaving it be until the start of next year. Keep a couple autumn HVAC tips in mind and use this opportunity to have a regular maintenance inspection on the unit. This way you can identify any problems and resolve them far in advance before summer comes back around.
While you’re at it, you should also have a professional technician go over your HVAC system and your furnace to ensure that it is ready for the winter. Preparation and maintenance are always easier, and less expensive, than needing emergency repairs. One thing that you can do on your own is check the air filters. When air is free to flow with no debris in the way, your HVAC efficiency is greater, meaning your home can heat faster and you will spend less on energy costs.
Drafty homes are a big issue when it comes to lower efficiency and heat loss. Caulking cracks and weather-stripping doors and windows will help stop that loss of heat and energy. Plus, your HVAC system will not need to work as hard to keep your home comfortable, allowing it to function properly for many more years.
A big benefit of this transition between seasons is the likelihood that you won’t need to rely on your HVAC system at all. It won’t be hot enough to run the air conditioner, nor will it be too cold that you need to run the furnace. You can have some windows open if you need cooling, or count on the sun’s rays to create a bit of warmth.
As the temperatures do drop outside, make sure that your thermostat is set accordingly. Your house may not regulate its temperature on its own, which is why you should set an appropriate schedule and a comfortable temperature that allows you and your family to live more comfortably, while also being mindful of your HVAC system’s efficiency.
Fall allows you to give your HVAC system a little break, but you should still give it the attention that it needs to keep it running as efficiently as possible for when you need it most. For more information on energy efficiency and regular maintenance for your HVAC system, call the professionals at Sunrise Heating and Plumbing today at (616) 293-9326. We pride ourselves in providing nothing but exceptional customer service.