Here in the greater Phoenix metro area, it can seem like summer goes on forever. High temperatures can extend well into the fall months. Yet, the change of seasons also happens quickly, and cooler weather will return. This is why it’s a good idea to begin thinking about transitioning your HVAC system from summer function to fall and winter.
Making the transition to fall and winter is not quite as simple as just turning off your air conditioner. The following are some helpful ideas to ease back into chillier temperatures.
Reset Your Thermostat
One of the first signs of fall is cooler evenings. This is a prime opportunity to start saving on your utility bill by turning your air conditioner off at night. With temperatures in the 60s and 70s, you will stay cool and comfortable throughout the night, without having to keep your AC on 24/7.
Use Fans and Open Windows
Fall is primetime for opening windows and letting in some fresh air. With more moderate weather, you can rely on your ceiling fans and a few open windows to stay comfortable while enabling your house to air out.
Close Blinds and Curtains
Nearly one-quarter of your home’s hot and cold air is lost through cracks, holes, and other small openings in doors and windows. Curtains and blinds can help keep late summer sun and heat out to reduce your need to flip on the air conditioner.
Clean Around Your Air Conditioner Unit
Summer in Arizona isn’t just about the heat. There’s also plenty of rain, wind and dust which can wreak havoc on your outside air conditioner. With summer monsoon storms coming to an end, use a hand-held brush or shop vac to remove visible dust, dirt and debris from the unit. Clear leaves, branches and other vegetation that could also hinder its function.
Your HVAC system needs preventive maintenance at least twice a year. Fall is a great time to schedule an appointment to check your AC, as well as prepare your heating system for the upcoming cold winter months.
Want to schedule a fall HVAC system tune-up or find out more about our maintenance agreement and service contracts? Call us at 480-219-1026.