How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures09/08/2017We’re saying goodbye to summer. Some of you may begrudgingly dig your sweatshirts out of storage, while others have spent their time trying to determine which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how you feel about fall, it’s on its way—and winter is right behind. Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning has a few tips for you that give you the chance to enjoy the fall and keep your house cozy until next spring. Along with scheduling your routine air conditioner service from Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, use this checklist to get ready for the change in season. Take Care of Your Air Filter. Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Odessa months. Before you give your AC a break for the colder months, check your air filter and exchange it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner run more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from moving through your home as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. Now that the temps are decreasing, open the windows and enhance your indoor air quality. The air in your home can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this time to let in some fresh air before winter’s chill arrives. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets moved around as you transition from outdoor living in the warmer months to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Make sure none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it a challenge for your HVAC system to perform effectively and could cause an unwelcomed increase in your energy costs. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can be hard on weather-stripping. Check around your windows and doors for leaks that could end up allowing heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and increasing your heating bills. Prevent leaks by replacing caulking and weather-stripping where needed. Schedule a Furnace Checkup. Once your AC is ready to take a rest, it’s time to take care of your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll be sure your furnace is clean and working smoothly before winter rolls in. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also detect and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is working full-time. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season starts, test your carbon monoxide detector. It is worth it to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a new set of batteries installed. Once this simple checklist is complete, you can rest and take in all the beauty and fun that fall offers. Reach out to Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning and we’ll tackle some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter with no worries about staying warm and cozy. You can reach us at 432-333-2208 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.