Navigating the changes that come with the transition from summer to fall can be challenging. No one likes saying goodbye to endless pool days and the warm Oregonian sun. How does it go from being 95 degrees and sunny each day to 50 degrees and raining the next? The Heat Relief Heating & Cooling team is here to help with five tips to transition your HVAC system to fall.
We know the last thing you might be thinking about, as you get your kids ready for school, put away the pool toys, and bring out your sweaters, is your HVAC system. But, you’d be surprised how important it is to make sure your HVAC system is prepared for the transition to fall. So, we’ve put together a few tips to help you make sure you’re able to harvest a healthy home for the cooler weather.
1) Reschedule your thermostat
As temperatures cool off during the day, the evening temperatures take a noticeable dip. Usually, the early fall weather will bring nighttime temperatures ranging from the 60s to the 70s. A great way to begin transitioning your HVAC system to fall is by adjusting your air conditioning at night, or completely turning it off. If you turn your AC unit off, make sure to open a few windows or keep your fans on throughout the night. The best part is: you won’t just be helping your HVAC unit transition, you’ll be saving money on your energy bill. Not to mention, you’ll wake up breathing in the scent of Oregonian fresh air. Nothing beats that.
2) Spruce up the area around your air conditioning unit
This summer has seen a whirlwind of weather conditions. From rainy days to desert-like degrees, Oregon has had its fair share of unpredictable summer weather. A simple, yet noticeable, way to contribute to your unit’s efficiency is to remove dust, debris, leaves, and branches from around your air conditioning unit. A dust buster or vacuum will refresh your vents and air conditioning unit. Make sure there is no furniture or objects in front of the vents of the air conditioner unit that will block your unit.
3) Schedule a furnace tune-up
Imagine it’s the first day your family sighs and says, “Well, it’s officially cold out.” We all know the day when the weeks of denying summer are over finally arrives. As you go to turn on your furnace, you hear this: “BUMP…sQUEEK…siZzle…thUMp.” You know what we’re talking about. Don’t wait until it’s officially cold out and your furnace isn’t working to make the call. Get ahead of the cold temperatures and schedule a furnace tune-up.
4) Invest in a humidifier/dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are the secret ingredient to comfortable air throughout the year. Essentially, humidifiers ensure that the moisture levels of your home are regulated. As the air cools down, humidity levels decrease and the air feels dryer. If your home has too much dry air, you might experience dry skin and difficulty breathing. It is extra important, as the humidity levels are changing, to make sure that your humidifier is clean and ready to keep you comfortable throughout the fall and winter.
5) Give us a call
We love hearing from our valued clients! You might not think your HVAC system needs repairs, but believe it or not, the transition from summer to fall is the perfect time for an experienced professional to do preventative maintenance on your HVAC system. We want to make sure your home is ready for the colder weather, and there is no better time to do that than right as fall begins.
Understanding the ins and outs of your home’s HVAC system can be confusing, and honestly, a hassle for some Portland-area homeowners. So, leave it up to us to make sure that your home is comfort ready for fall and winter. If you’re not sure where to begin, give Heat Relief Heating & Cooling a call at (503) 877-1713 to get ready for the fall.