Cooler weather will be arriving in a couple of months, but it’s not too soon to plan for cooler temperatures in Metairie, LA. Before turning your heat on for the first time, it’s smart to get a tune-up, during which a qualified technician will make sure your outside condenser and inside air handler are working efficiently. Here are some more pointers for prepping your HVAC system this fall.

Check Your Heat Pump

If you are using a heat pump, locate the “Heat, Cool, Off” switch on your thermostat, and switch it to heat. If you attempt to turn your heat on and it doesn’t work, you’ll need to take a look at the breaker and see if it is still engaged. If you still aren’t feeling warm air through your vents, it’s time to call a technician.

Change Your Air Filter

It’s important to change your air filters often enough to keep them clean — usually every three months. Dust and other debris builds up on the air filter, causing less efficient airflow and decreasing the system’s efficiency.

Inefficient airflow will an increase in your utility bills. It can also cause serious issues down the road with your system if it’s continuously straining to pull air through the filter. A clogged air filter also reduces your indoor air quality, which can impact your health.

Locate and Seal Leaks

Leaks in the ductwork, and around windows and doors can cause your home to lose heat during the winter. Finding leaks and sealing them with a threshold or caulk can help keep warm air inside. Leaks in your ductwork should be corrected by a qualified HVAC technician. You should also make sure that no furniture or drapes are obstructing your air ducts.

Call us at Caribbean Breeze Heating & Cooling for help with your preventive maintenance before winter comes. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about your HVAC system.

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