With jackets, sweaters, hats, and gloves starting to make an appearance, it’s clear that fall is officially here and in full swing. This change marks the start of the season for family, friends, and food, but also for HVAC problems! Proactively maintaining your HVAC unit is critical when temperatures get colder, and can save you thousands of dollars by avoiding costly repairs. As the temperatures continue to drop, remember to call the professionals at CRNE’s Environmental Control and make sure to keep these five tips in mind.

Fall HVAC Maintenance

1. General Maintenance

Replacing your filter is a quick, easy, and inexpensive first step in ensuring that your unit is working properly. Changing a filter will clear up your ductwork, your HVAC unit, and your home.

2. Test Out Your Furnace

Start running the heating unit in the fall before you really need it. Like most things, idleness is never a good thing and your unit can often take some time to loosen up. Especially for older units, easing your furnace into heavy usage is a good idea.

3. Guard Your Unit from the Cold

An easy and inexpensive way to keep your AC unit free from damage in the cold is to cover it with a blanket. I know it sounds too easy, but covering your outside unit can protect against potentially damaging frost and cold.

4. Consider an Upgrade

If you have an older unit and have been considering an upgrade, now might be the right time to call your friends at CRNE. Trying to replace a unit in the dead of winter can be a huge pain and an unpleasant experience for the whole family.

5. Call the Pros

Most people only call for maintenance when something goes wrong, but being proactive with your unit’s maintenance is much less expensive and will give you the peace of mind that you won’t be unexpectedly stranded without heat when you need it the most.

These tips can be accomplished quickly and inexpensively and are good to keep in mind as you begin to prepare for the coming months. Contact CRNE’s Environmental Control at (847) 272-3192 and schedule your preventative HVAC checkup today.