The hot days of summer are on their way out, and fall is about to set in. In theory, this should be good news for your air conditioner. Once the temperatures drop to a reasonable 60-70, you can give your hardworking HVAC system a break and start enjoying the beautiful outdoor weather.

In reality, it’s not quite that simple. Instead of sending the system into hibernation, you should get it ready for the upcoming season. Here are 3 easy ways you can prepare your HVAC system for fall.

1. Program the Thermostat

When autumn truly settles in, you’ll want to be ready for it. In the fall, weather patterns can be quite unpredictable, bringing a wide range of conditions and temperatures. Because of this you might seriously consider buying a smart thermostat.

What makes these programmable devices so useful? Well, it’s all in the name: they can control your heating and cooling based only on the outside temperatures. In addition to helping you stay comfortable, smart thermostats are perfect for saving some money in the long run.

2. Change the Filter

As you may know, dust and pollen are usually running rampant during the summer. By the time the fall settles in, your HVAC filter is likely to be partially — or even completely — clogged. If that happens, your HVAC system will have to work harder to produce the desired temperature, increasing your utility bill in the process. If you haven’t changed your filter recently, do it at the beginning of the fall season.

3. Schedule a Tune-Up

Most HVAC systems have a lifespan of 10-15 years. Want yours to last longer than that? Regularly scheduled maintenance is a must! And fall is the perfect time to do it. Focus on having your furnace checked and preparing your air conditioner for the off-season.

Why schedule your tune-up for the fall? Simple: if you decide to wait until the winter, you may have trouble finding HVAC technicians. When it gets cold, you’ll really want your air conditioner to run at its optimal performance.

If you’ve decided to give your air conditioner a once-over, make sure to choose the right HVAC contractor. Review their licensing information, look at their industry experience, and make sure you get an estimate. Doing so can make a big difference on the timeline that’s needed to fix any potential issues.

Tropical Heating and Air, is your #1 local source for HVAC services in Orange County. From maintenance to repairs, our team is knowledgeable and available to keep your equipment in top shape. Get in touch today to speak to one of our repair professionals.