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Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Your HVAC system has run all summer to keep you cool and comfortable. However, just because summer is almost over doesn't mean your system's job is done. Fall in Missouri brings a mix of warm and cool days, and it's important to prepare your system for the weather ahead.

Change the Filter

Routinely changing the air filter in your HVAC system not only provides cleaner air for you to breathe, it also increases the efficiency of your system. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy says that a clean air filter can lower your unit's energy consumption between five and 15 percent.

Check Your Windows and Doors

Fall is a good time to check the sealant around your windows and doors for cracks. Not only can cracked or broken seals lead to cold and uncomfortable drafts being able to enter the house, they also cause your heating system to work harder to maintain a steady temperature. If your doors and windows have a fresh seal going into the fall and winter seasons, your house will stay warm, and your energy bills will be lower.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

If you don't have a programmable thermostat, fall is the ideal time to upgrade to one. A programmable thermostat will help you stay comfortable as the temperatures transition from summer to fall, and it will help you save money as well. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that setting your thermostat back ten to 15 degrees for eight hours will help you save up to 15 percent on your energy bill.

Inspect Your Ducts

Dirty ductwork can lower the air quality in your home and decrease the efficiency of your system. A routine inspection of your ducts can uncover any disconnected sections or holes. However, if you're not sure what to look for a qualified HVAC contractor can inspect and clean the ducts for you.

Finally, for a smooth transition from summer to fall, contact CD Jones for a complete cleaning and maintenance of your HVAC system.

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