How to Prepare Your Home’s HVAC System for Cooler Weather

How to Prepare Your Home's HVAC System for Cooler Weather

As the heat and humidity start to retreat and there is cooler weather, it’s a good time to give your home’s HVAC system a little attention. After all, it’s been working hard to keep you and your family cool and comfortable all summer. When you take the time to prepare your home’s HVAC system for cooler weather, it will continue to take care of you without fail. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated and it won’t take much of your time, but a little HVAC prep now will go a long way towards keeping your family happy.

Simple HVAC Tasks for Fall

When it comes to cool weather preparations, one of the easiest tasks is taking care of your HVAC system. It won’t take you long, you don’t need any special tools or equipment, and you don’t need any experience either.

Clear Debris and Dust

Make sure that there aren’t any leaves, weeds, or other plant material growing against the outer HVAC unit. Use a broom or blower to remove the dirt, dust, and debris that collects on top of and around the unit. On the inside, make sure there are no obstructions in front of the air intake and that the grills are clean and clear.

Check and Replace the Filters

Good airflow is essential to your HVAC system, whether it’s cooling or heating your home. Air filters trap dirt and debris, keeping it from circulating around your house. But, if those filters get clogged, the air will be restricted. Replacing a clogged air filter is fast and it makes a world of difference to the HVAC’s operation.

Seal up Air Leaks for Cooler Weather

Drafts are a sign that there are air leaks around your home and that can present a problem in the cooler months. Thus, seal up doors and windows using weather stripping and close up any other holes or cracks with caulk. Use aluminum tape to seal up any suspected air leaks in the ductwork for better HVAC performance.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Managing your energy consumption can have a dramatic impact on your monthly utility bills. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature so you aren’t heating your home when no one’s around. Many smart thermostats also give you remote access so you never forget to turn the heat on or off.

Schedule a Fall HVAC Maintenance

By following the tips above, you’ll help your home’s HVAC system operate more efficiently and last longer. Even so, it’s a good idea to have your HVAC unit professionally maintained at least once per year. Our licensed technicians do a thorough inspection of your unit, inside and out. A routine maintenance visit from Coastal Mechanical Contractors includes:


  • Condenser and Evaporator Coil Cleaning
  • Air Filter Inspection and Replacement
  • Thermostat Check and Calibration
  • Fuel Connection Check
  • Electrical Connection Check
  • Refrigerant Level Check
  • Efficiency Evaluation
  • Parts Replacement as Needed
  • Ductwork Inspection

Let Us Help Get Your HVAC Ready for Cooler Weather

You’re busy and you have a long list of things that need to be done before it gets cold. Although taking care of your HVAC system is important, it’s also easy to overlook. Instead of worrying about it, or forgetting about it, let the pros at Coastal Mechanical Contractors take care of it for you. We’ll inspect your HVAC system, make sure the filters are clean, check the operation of the unit, and make repairs on the spot.

Request Fall HVAC Service Today

To schedule a fall HVAC maintenance appointment, or to receive a quote for service, please give us a call at 985-876-6187. If you prefer, you can send us a message and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

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