Cooler Weather Checklist for Your Home & Your Family
It’s almost fall in Pensacola, and while that doesn’t necessarily mean cold temperatures and changing leaves, it does mean it’s time to start preparing for when the cooler weather does show up. If you’ve been lighting your fall candles, decorating the house, and placing pumpkins on your porch, you’re on the right track! However, preparing your home’s HVAC system for fall is also important. Follow along with our cooler weather checklist to get your home and your family ready for fall!
Fun Things To Do on Your Cooler Weather Checklist
If you’re looking for some fun ideas for the whole family to do together this fall, keep some of these activities in mind!
1. Take A Trip to the Mountains
Since we live where most people take their summer vacations, we have an even better excuse for a fall vacation! Take a trip to the mountains to really get into the fall spirit. You can go apple picking, fishing, or even sightseeing! There’s plenty of things to do in the mountains in the fall.
2. Go Camping
Whether you want to go to a local state park, or during your trip to the mountains, camping is another great way to get you feeling like fall is in the air. Take the family, set up some tents, and roast hotdogs and marshmallows to your heart’s desire!
3. Find Your Way Through A Corn Maze
Corn mazes are a fun fall activity for the whole family, and they’re a great bonding experience (as long as everyone doesn’t run off in different directions). Find your way through a corn maze this fall then stick around for funnel cakes, apple bobbing, and maybe even a pumpkin patch.
4. Have A Pie Bake-Off
Summer is over and our guilt from a sugary splurge is gone with it! Invite friends and family over for a pie bake-off. Apple, chocolate, meringue, pumpkin – our mouths are watering just thinking about it!
5. Watch Movies
It’s finally the time of year where cuddling up under the blankets isn’t so unbearable. Grab your spouse, the kids, and even your pets and snuggle up to a good movie. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Fall HVAC Maintenance Tips For Your Home
No matter what the weather feels like outside, we want to be comfortable in our homes. Before the weather begins cooling off for the fall, ensure your comfort system is running properly and efficiently by following these tips:
1. Change or Clean Your Air Filter
The air filter in your comfort system likely went through a lot this summer. Ensure it’s clean or go ahead and change it before the weather begins to cool down. This will ensure proper airflow and efficiency when you turn your heating system on for the winter.
2. Clean the Air Vents
Your air vents are another barrier between your HVAC system and your home, and they should be cleaned regularly as well. Take them down, wash them in warm soapy water, and dry them off before replacing them. You’ll have better air flow and air quality this winter with clean vents.
3. Clear the Outdoor Unit
Eventually, the leaves will begin to fall in Pensacola, and when they do, you need to be ready for it. Keep your outdoor system free of leaves or any other debris to ensure proper operation throughout the year.
4. Upgrade Your Thermostat
If you don’t currently have a smart or programmable thermostat, you could be missing out on tons of energy savings, especially as the temperatures change in Pensacola. Invest in a smart or programmable thermostat to maximize your comfort and savings this season.
5. Call Climatech of Professional Air
If your home isn’t as comfortable as you’d like, call Climatech of Professional Air. We’ve got the solutions to all your heating repair and replacement needs, and we offer maintenance plans to fit your home and your budget. We also specialize in servicing and installing ductless mini-split systems!
Other Home Maintenance Tasks
While your HVAC system is the most crucial part of keeping your home comfortable, there are other things you should focus on as well to prepare your whole home for the upcoming cooler weather.
1. Roof Repair
Fall is hurricane season for Pensacola residents, so repairing your roof is important in preventing further damage to the outside or inside of your home. Replace broken or missing shingles, seal leaks, and repair gutters and downspouts as well.
2. Fire Plan
Unfortunately, home fires are more common than we’d like to think, and most occur in the winter due to our use of fireplaces, dryers, space heaters, and other heat generating appliances. Be sure to have a plan in place for house fires to ensure the safety of your family in case of an emergency.
3. Lawn Care
We love our palms and potted plants in Pensacola, however, winter can sometimes be harsh on them. Prepare your lawn, shrubbery, and foliage for winter by bringing potted plants inside, giving the lawn one last cut, and trimming up shrubbery before the cold sets in.
4. Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Check
Like home fires, carbon monoxide leaks are most common in the fall and winter months. Ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly by replacing batteries and testing the equipment if possible.
5. Seal Drafts
If you haven’t already, check doors and windows for cracks or openings where cold outside air could enter your warm home this winter. Seal any cracks or openings to keep efficiency and comfort levels at a maximum.
If you need an HVAC service, repair, or replacement, contact Climatech of Professional Air. Our technicians can help you find the perfect solution to keep your home warm this winter, even if the cold doesn’t hang around for long.
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