How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures09/08/2017We’re saying goodbye to summer. Some of you may begrudgingly drag your winter clothes out of storage, while others have spent days trying to decide which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how you approach fall, it’s on its way—and winter is right behind. Hammack Service Company has a few tips for you that give you the chance to enjoy the fall and keep your space cozy until next spring. Along with booking your routine air conditioner service from Hammack Service Company, use this checklist to prepare for the change in season. Take Care of Your Air Filter. Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Richardson months. Before you give your AC a break for the cooler season, check your air filter and change it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner operate more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from circulating through your indoor space as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. Now that the temperature is cooling off, take the opportunity to open the windows and improve your indoor air quality. The air in your home can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this chance to get some fresh air before winter’s chill arrives. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets rearranged as you move from outdoor living in the summer to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Be sure that 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 utility costs. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can take a toll on weather-stripping. Examine 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 switch focus to your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Hammack Service Company to schedule a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll make sure your furnace is clean and running smoothly before winter hits. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also identify and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is used consistently. 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 brand new set of batteries installed. Once this simple checklist is finished, you can rest and take in all the beauty and fun that fall offers. Contact Hammack Service Company and we’ll handle some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter confident about staying warm and cozy. You can call us at 972-669-9192 or you can easily schedule an appointment with us online.