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Preparing Your Home For Fall Weather

6 Ways To Prepare for Fall

Fall is officially here and it’s time for weekends of pumpkin and apple picking with family and friends. While fall brings beautifully-colored leaves in your yard, picking out Halloween costumes for the kids, and pumpkin carving, it also means making a few changes around the house to your HVAC system and water heater. As the seasons change, so does the weather, and you want to make sure you’ll stay comfortable in your home.

In this blog, you’ll learn about a few ways you can prepare your HVAC system and water heater for the fall weather. Keep reading to find out!

Clean the Outdoor Unit

Over time, debris and other grass clippings can build up around your outdoor unit, making it more susceptible to blockages. If there is debris blocking your outdoor unit, it could prevent the proper amount of airflow from entering your home. Make sure you keep the area around your outdoor unit clean, especially as we head into fall.

Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

Are you in the habit of scheduling routine maintenance for your HVAC system? If not, now is the time to start! Not only does regular HVAC maintenance make sure that your system is running properly when you need it the most, but it also extends the lifespan of your unit. Routine maintenance will also ensure that any problems with your unit are caught early on and will be repaired before further damage occurs.

Replace Your Air Filters

Just like debris can clog your outdoor unit, it can also clog your air filters! Dirt, dust, and other indoor contaminants can accumulate in your air filters, which will disperse throughout your home’s air. A good rule of thumb is to check your air filters every 30 days and replace them every 60 to 90 days. This will also help you or anyone in your household who suffers from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems.

Seal Air Leaks

The last thing you want as the weather starts getting cold is an unwanted draft or breeze coming through your home. Go around your house and check your doors and windows for any cracks where air could be slipping through. Simply seal them with weather-stripping or caulk and you won’t have to worry about unwanted drafts!

Flush Your Water Heater

If you can’t remember the last time you emptied your water heater, fall is the perfect time to do it! Emptying the tank and cleaning it of any sediment that has accumulated and settled at the bottom of the tank is a great way to make sure your water heater continues working properly. Water heaters that have an excessive amount of sediment buildup might require more frequent repairs and a replacement sooner than a water heater that is kept clean. No one wants to take a cold shower when the weather is cold, so make sure you’re taking care of your water heater.

Insulate Your Water Heater

If you’re looking to save some money on your heating bills, you should consider insulating your water heater by wrapping it with foil blankets. An insulated water heater will heat up faster and use less energy, essentially saving you money on your bills. Plus, as the weather gets colder, we all want our water to heat up as fast as possible.

HVAC Maintenance and Water Heater Repair in Grand Rapids

Now that you’ve learned about what you can do as a homeowner to prepare your HVAC system and water heater for fall, head over to our website to schedule your maintenance appointment! We understand how important it is to stay comfortable in your home no matter what time of year it is, and your HVAC unit and water heater both play an important role in this comfort. Give Haisma Heating & Cooling a call at (616) 319-2121 or fill out our online contact form today.