The arrival of fall will bring with it a change in the leaves and, eventually, cooler air than what you had to endure in the summer. With that said, you might be looking to wind down your air conditioner use or shut it down completely. Before you go down this path, here are a few tips to keep in mind in order to ensure a smooth transition into the fall season.
Don't Shut It Down Too Early
If you are using a window air conditioner, you might be tempted to remove it at the first sign of cool weather. But Mother Nature can have mood swings during the transition between seasons, and it's not uncommon for some parts of the country to see a heat wave return even after the official start of fall. Look at the 10-day forecast before you remove your AC unit and you will avoid having to carry something heavy up and down the steps or into the storage shed more than once.
Remove or Clean the Filter and Clean the Rest of It As Well
Hopefully you've been good about keeping your AC clean throughout the summer season, but don't forget to give things one more go over before you put your AC in storage. Remove dust or dirt from the filter or toss out your disposable one until next year. This is also a good time to clean all internal parts, removing any dust or debris.
A central air unit located outdoors can also be cleaned. Remove the top and clean the fan area as well as the fins and the coil. If you have a condensation line running to the house, make sure it is properly disconnected before the first frost of the season arrives.
Find the Perfect Time for an Inspection
You should be getting your air conditioner (and the rest of your HVAC system) professionally inspected at least once or preferably twice a year. The transition to the fall season is a good time to contact an expert in air conditioning services to help you make sure that everything is shut down correctly and will be ready to keep you cool again the following summer. Your local HVAC contractor may also be able to look at your heating system in addition to assisting you with the AC.
Make sure you take the time to properly clean and service your air conditioner before you shut it down for the fall season. Contact a local professional such as L&L Heating and Air Conditioning for help.