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Leaves aren’t the only things that fall in autumn. With the new season comes a dip in temperatures, which means it’s time to start prepping your HVAC system for the colder weather.

At McCullough AC, we have ac maintenance know-how. That’s why we’ve put together five easy ways to get your system ready for fall. Be sure to schedule a tune-up with us to ensure your HVAC unit is running efficiently all season long! 

Keep Humidity Levels In Check

Humidity isn’t exclusive to fall. Maintaining indoor humidity to be at a comfortable and healthy level is essential for your indoor air quality. 

It’s recommended that you keep your humidity level between 30 and 50 percent to avoid problems such as:

  • Dry skin and hair
  • Mold growth
  • Dust mite collection
  • General discomfort

Your HVAC system works hard, but sometimes it needs a boost. Purchasing a dehumidifier can improve your indoor air quality and ensure your AC doesn’t overwork itself. 

Adjust Thermostat Settings

As the outdoor temperature falls, so should the temperature of your home. According to Energy Star, setting your thermostat to between 70 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal temperature for fall. This will ensure that your home is at a comfortable temperature for the cool months to come. 

Adjusting your thermostat accordingly can also save you money on your utility bill. When your AC isn’t blowing out cool air you don’t need, you end up owing less on your bills for using less energy. 

If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one to make fall a cheaper, more comfortable season. 

Clean Around Outdoor Unit

The interior of your AC unit isn’t the only thing you need to consider going into fall. This season is known for being a landscaper’s nightmare with the sheer amount of leaves and twigs that clutter your yard. 

To avoid attracting pests and risking internal damage, your outdoor HVAC unit should be free of:

  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Weeds 
  • Shrubs
  • Tall grass

Take this opportunity to inspect the unit for any damage that may have been hidden. Clean the area as best you can, and don’t hesitate to contact a professional if you believe your unit has internal damage from these outdoor elements. Even a stray leaf or twig may lead to more damage than you expect. 

Replace Air Filter

Regularly replacing air filters is an essential task to maintain your unit’s lifespan and efficiency. It’s recommended that you change your air filters every 3 months. If someone in the household has severe allergies, however, it’s best to replace the filter every 2 months.

Your air filter should be checked every 2-3 weeks in case they’ve been damaged or aren’t working properly. Defective filters can’t remove harmful materials from the air. This could lessen your indoor air quality and leave you vulnerable to:

  • Dust
  • Pet hair
  • Mold
  • Pollutants

Air filters can also keep a system from working too hard to blow out air. Clogged filters don’t allow for airflow, and an overworked system may lead to a spike in energy bills. 

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

AC maintenance is the best thing you can do to prepare your unit for fall. An HVAC tune-up should be performed twice a year, and before the fall season is a prime time to get one. Some benefits of a tune-up include:

  • Breakdown prevention 
  • Air quality improvement
  • System lifespan expansion
  • Reduced energy bills

Technicians can catch any problems before they develop into bigger issues while performing a tune-up. This avoids the need for any future air conditioner repair. To keep your system running its best, be sure to schedule a tune-up before the first leaf falls this season. 

Turn to the Experts at McCullough AC

At McCullough AC, we understand the importance of maintaining your HVAC system. That’s why we’ll set reminders on our schedule to contact you when it’s time for a tune-up. 

For the best Niceville heating and cooling services, be sure to contact us today to schedule a tune-up. You’ll be glad you did.