How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures09/08/2017Now is the time to say goodbye to the hot weather. Some of you may begrudgingly grab your sweaters out of storage, while others have spent weeks trying to figure out which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how you feel about fall, it’s on its way—and winter is just around the corner. Thornberry Bros Inc has some tips for you that will allow you to enjoy the fall and keep your house cozy until next spring. Along with booking your routine air conditioner service from Thornberry Bros Inc, use this checklist to prepare for the change in season. Take Care of Your Air Filter. Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Winchester summer. Before you give your AC a break 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 circulating through your home as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. Now that the temps are decreasing, take the opportunity to open the windows and give your indoor air quality a boost. The air within your house can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this opportunity to let in some fresh air before winter’s chill begins. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets moved around as you transition from outdoor living in the warmer months to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Make sure none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it a challenge for your HVAC system to do its jobs and could cause an unwelcomed bump in your utility bills. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can put wear on weather-stripping. Examine your windows and doors for leaks that could end up allowing heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and driving up your heating bills. Stop 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 Thornberry Bros Inc to do a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll be sure your furnace is clean and running smoothly before winter rolls in. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also pinpoint and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential issues that may come up when your furnace is used consistently. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season begins, 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 rest and take in all the beauty and fun that fall brings. Contact Thornberry Bros Inc and we’ll tackle some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter with no concerns about staying warm and cozy. You can reach us at 859-745-1564 or you can conveniently schedule an appointment with us online.