How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures09/08/2017Now is the time to say goodbye to the summer months. Some of you may begrudgingly dig your winter clothes out of storage, while others have spent weeks trying to decide which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how fall makes you feel, it’s on its way—and winter is just around the corner. Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services has a few tips for you that will allow you to enjoy the fall and keep your space cozy until next spring. Along with booking your ongoing air conditioner service from Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services, use this checklist to get ready for the change in season. Take Care of Your Air Filter. Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Carlsbad season. Before you give your AC a vacation for the colder months, check your air filter and exchange it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner work more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from circulating through your house as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. Now that the temperature is cooling off, open up your windows and give your indoor air quality a boost. The air in your home can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this chance to get some fresh air before winter’s chill begins. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets shifted around as you switch from outdoor living in the summer 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 energy costs. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can put wear 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 adding costs your heating bills. Stop leaks by replacing caulking and weather-stripping where needed. Schedule a Furnace Checkup. Once your AC is ready to step aside for the winter, it’s time to switch focus to your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services to do a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll make sure your furnace is clean and operating smoothly before winter rolls in. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also detect and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential challenges that may come up when your furnace is in regular use. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season begins, test your carbon monoxide detector. It is worth it to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a brand new set of batteries installed. Once this simple checklist is finished, you can sit back and take in all the beauty and fun that fall brings. Call Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services 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 call us at 575-887-7777 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.