Anyone living in Keller, TX, or any of the nearby communities in this area knows full well that fall doesn’t usually mean bitter cold temperatures. Even so, fall can bring cooler days and nights, and this means you’ll likely be taking a break from using your AC on a regular basis. A big part of the Service One heating and air conditioning services we provide involves helping customers like you maintain your comfort year-round. So, we’d like to take a moment to talk about what the arrival of fall means for your AC and offer some tips on how to get your air conditioner ready as the seasons change.
HVAC Units Are More Efficient in the Fall
Before we get into tips, let’s talk about why your HVAC unit is actually more efficient in the fall. In a nutshell, it’s all about science! When it’s cooler outside, there’s not as much heat gain through the ceilings, walls, windows, and floors. An air conditioner also removes heat more efficiently when it’s cooler outdoors.
This is because of the way indoor and outdoor air is processed and transferred when the outdoor air is cooler than it normally is during the summer months. What all of this science stuff means is that your AC won’t have to work as hard to keep your home on fall days that are warm enough to run your cooling system – and this could add up to some nice savings on your autumn utility bills!
Adjusting Your Thermostat for Lower Outside Temps in Keller, TX
As we’ve already established, fall brings cooler weather even in places like Haslet, TX, where temperatures are generally pleasant throughout most of the year. Yet it’s still important to make some adjustments to your thermostat for lower temperatures during the fall and winter. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests keeping the thermostat set at 68 degrees during the cooler months of the year. A review of multiple studies on optimal indoor temperatures by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory found that the best setting for offices and rooms where people are generally sedentary is roughly 71 degrees.
With household settings, it’s perfectly fine to let your thermostat hover a few degrees above or below 70 based on personal comfort. Just remember to put the thermostat at the lowest acceptable setting for comfort when you know nobody will be home for a long period of time to save energy.
Another option is to upgrade to a programmable or “smart” thermostat. This type of thermostat will allow you to precisely control and adjust your home temperature during the cooler months from a touchscreen when you’re at home and remotely from your phone when you’re away. If you are considering an upgrade to a smart thermostat for your home, contact Service One to explore your options.
Getting Your AC Ready for the Upcoming Winter Months
Fall is also a great time to get your air conditioner or cooling system ready for the upcoming winter months. Making the extra effort could reduce your risk of experiencing some unpleasant surprises when it comes time to start using your AC on a regular basis again in the spring and summer. When you’re at the point where your heat is on standby and you’re not using your AC every day, it’s a perfect time to do some do-it-yourself prep work. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
Check the Filters
All it takes is a dirty filter to make your AC less efficient. Dirty or clogged filters can also accelerate the wear and tear on other parts of your cooling or HVAC system. Replace your AC filter during the early months of fall when you get to the point where you’re not using it on a regular basis. While changing filters, use a vacuum attachment tool to clean out any dust and debris within the same area. Make sure your AC/HVAC unit is unplugged first.
Clean Your Outside Unit
Don’t forget to clean your AC’s outdoor unit if you have this type of system. Remove any dirt, leaves, and other debris that may be on top of or around your unit. You don’t have to open it up, but it can be helpful to make sure there’s no debris around it that could get inside and affect the various mechanical and electronic parts. Also look for any signs of damage. If you know you won’t be turning your AC on anymore, it can be helpful to use a cover to protect your outdoor unit during the months when it’s not being used.
Seal Air Leaks
Because outdoor air is generally cooler than indoor air during the fall and winter months, the fall is a good time to make sure air leaks are sealed. Check your windows and doors to see if caulk or weather-stripping needs to be replaced. Mastic or aluminum tape can be used to seal minor leaks in ductwork.
Schedule a Maintenance Checkup
Not all fall prep for your AC has to be a DIY job. Get added peace of mind by calling on the Service One team to perform a thorough maintenance check of your cooling or HVAC system. A professional checkup can also be a cost-effective way to spot and correct minor issues that can be corrected sooner rather than later. A typical AC maintenance check and inspection includes:
• Checking and cleaning condenser coils
• Testing the refrigerant charge
• Inspecting and cleaning relays and contactors
• Detecting and tightening loose connections
• Testing temperature readings to ensure they are accurate
• Testing capacitors
• Cleaning and inspecting the motor
Bonus tip: While you’re in the process of getting your AC ready for the fall, test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly.
Keeping this advice in mind can certainly make your time spent indoors more comfortable during the fall and winter months. However, if the unexpected does arise on days when you do need to run your AC, you’re welcome to take advantage of the air conditioning repair services available from Service One. We also proudly offer 24 hour emergency service should you have any problems with your HVAC system that require immediate attention.
Trust Service One to provide the affordable heating and cooling services you need in Keller, TX. Contact us today to talk to us about preventative maintenance, routine inspections, or urgent service needs.