How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures09/08/2017Now is the time to say goodbye to summer. Some of you may begrudgingly drag your sweaters out of storage, while others have spent days trying to decide which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how you approach fall, it’s coming—and winter is just around the corner. Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service has several tips for you that will allow you to enjoy the fall and keep your home cozy until next spring. Along with scheduling your routine air conditioner service from Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service, 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 Raceland season. Before you give your AC time off for the cooler season, 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 traveling through your indoor space as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. Now that the temperature is cooling off, open the windows and enhance your indoor air quality. The air within your house can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this opportunity to get some fresh air before winter’s chill arrives. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets moved around as you transition from outdoor living in the nice weather to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Ensure that none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it more difficult for your HVAC system to perform effectively and could cause an unwelcomed bump in your utility bills. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can put wear on weather-stripping. Check around your windows and doors for leaks that could let heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and increasing 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 Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service to do a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll ensure your furnace is clean and operating smoothly before winter hits. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also pinpoint and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is used consistently. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season starts, test your carbon monoxide detector. It is worth it to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a fresh set of batteries installed. Once this simple checklist is done, you can relax and take in all the beauty and fun that fall has to offer. Reach out to Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service and we’ll take care of some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter with no worries about staying warm and cozy. You can reach us at 985-537-6795 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.