How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures09/08/2017Now is the time to say goodbye to the hot weather. Some of you may begrudgingly drag your sweatshirts out of storage, while others have spent their time trying to decide which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how fall makes you feel, it’s on its way—and winter is on its heels. Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. has a few tips for you that will allow you to enjoy the fall and keep your house cozy until next spring. Along with scheduling your ongoing air conditioner service from Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc., 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 West Palm Beach months. Before you give your AC a vacation for the cooler months, check your air filter and exchange it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner work more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from moving through your house as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. With the temperatures dropping, open up your windows and give your indoor air quality a boost. The air inside your home can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this time to bring in fresh air before winter’s chill begins. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets rearranged as you switch from outdoor living in the warmer months to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Ensure that none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it harder for your HVAC system to perform effectively and could cause an unwelcomed hike in your utility costs. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can put wear on weather-stripping. Examine your windows and doors for leaks that could let heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and increasing your heating bills. Stop 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 Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. to perform preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll be sure your furnace is clean and operating smoothly before winter hits. 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 used consistently. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season kicks off, 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 done, you can sit back and take in all the beauty and fun that fall offers. Reach out to Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. and we’ll take care of some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter confident about staying warm and cozy. You can reach us at 561-656-4255 or you can conveniently schedule an appointment with us online.