How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures09/08/2017Now is the time to say goodbye to the hot weather. Some of you may begrudgingly dig your sweaters out of storage, while others have spent their time trying to figure out which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how you approach fall, it’s on its way—and winter is on its heels. Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc has a few tips for you that will allow you to enjoy the fall and keep your home cozy until next spring. Along with booking your regular air conditioner service from Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc, use this checklist to prep for the change in season. Take Care of Your Air Filter. Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Wisconsin Rapids season. Before you give your AC time off for the cooler season, check your air filter and replace it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner run more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from circulating through your indoor space as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. With the temperatures dropping, take the opportunity to open the windows and improve your indoor air quality. The air within your house can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this time to bring in fresh air before winter’s chill begins. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets shifted around as you move from outdoor living in the warmer months to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Be sure that none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it more difficult for your HVAC system to do what it needs to do and could cause an unwelcomed hike in your utility bills. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can take a toll on weather-stripping. Check around your windows and doors for leaks that could end up allowing heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and driving up your heating bills. Prevent leaks by replacing caulking and weather-stripping where needed. Schedule a Furnace Checkup. Once your AC is ready to take a rest, it’s time to focus on your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc to schedule a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll be sure your furnace is clean and working smoothly before winter arrives. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also identify and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is working full-time. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season begins, test your carbon monoxide detector. It is beneficial to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a new set of batteries installed. Once this simple checklist is finished, you can relax and take in all the beauty and fun that fall offers. Contact Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc and we’ll handle some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter with no concerns about staying warm and cozy. You can contact us at 715-421-5555 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.