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Getting Your HVAC Ready For Fall

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Getting Your Home’s HVAC Ready for Fall

Summer is has come to an end here in Minnesota, which means cooler weather. Then, before you know it, it’ll be winter! As we start to see temperatures drop, our St. Paul HVAC techs want to ensure you’re getting your HVAC ready for fall. Continue reading this article below to learn more.

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If you plan on getting your HVAC ready for fall, consider the following tips recommended by Minnesota’s Original Home Service Provider. 

Getting Your HVAC Ready for Fall - St Paul

1. Purchase a Programmable Thermostat

Temperatures in autumn can be unpredictable. You may wake up to a cool morning only to find that heat and humidity have set in by lunchtime. Because weather patterns are so changeable in the fall, you and your HVAC system must adapt to a wide variety of temperatures. If you have an older, traditional-style thermostat in your house, the fall is a good time to consider updating to a newer, more modern model.

A new thermostat means you have complete control over your home’s heating and cooling, and many manufacturers include compatible smartphone apps that allow you to modify the temperature of your home from anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection. If you go to work and realize it’s a much warmer day than the weather forecast predicted, no problem – simply modify your settings with the tip of your finger! These thermostats are a wonderful method to keep your house pleasant while also reducing wear and tear on your HVAC system and lowering your energy expenditures. Here’s why you need to upgrade to a smart thermostat this fall.

2. Examine and Replace Your Air Filter

HVAC air filters keep your system operating at peak efficiency while also protecting your house and family from allergens and air pollution. Unless you’ve just replaced your HVAC filter, the beginning of fall is an excellent time to do so. Changing the filter will make your HVAC system run more efficiently, which you will appreciate throughout the cooler months of the year.

3. Clean the Area Around Your Outdoor Unit

When fall hits, inspect your HVAC system’s outdoor component for damage and debris. Cut back any bushes or trees that have grown too close to the unit before winter hits. Then, clear away dirt, rocks, twigs, and dead leaves from around the unit. If you feel that debris has gotten inside your unit, contact Maichle’s for a more thorough checkup and maintenance.

4. Vacuum Your Air Vents and Ducts

The air ducts and vents in your home are in charge of moving air throughout the structure. Clean these components on a regular basis to ensure they can do their job properly. Blocked air ducts make HVAC systems work harder, reducing both longevity and efficiency.

To prepare your ducts and vents for the fall season, go through your home and ensure that all of your registers are open and that no furniture or other objects are blocking them. Then, using your vacuum’s hose attachment, clean any visible dust from your air ducts and vents. If any stray dust is left behind by the vacuum, wipe it away with a moist cloth.

5. Locate & Seal Any Air Leaks

Did you know that leaks are a leading source of HVAC inefficiency? An average house’s air leakage is similar to leaving a medium-sized window open 24 hours a day. During severe temperatures, house air leaks can cost you a lot of money in energy loss.

These leaks are frequently caused by door and window frames. Hold a sheet of paper up to an area where you suspect a leak for a fast check. If there is air passing through, the paper will move. Our friends at Gilmore Heating, Air, and Plumbing, a residential ac company in Placerville, says that replacing your weatherstripping is a pretty low-cost solution to this problem. If you notice that some rooms are regularly warmer or cooler than others, you may have a leak in your ventilation ducts. Call a member of our HVAC team to assist you in locating the leak and making your home more energy-efficient for the upcoming cooler weather.

6. Consider HVAC Replacement

As Minnesota’s Orignal Home Service Company, we frequently advise customers to buy a new HVAC system in the fall. One reason for this is because our installation specialists are less busy in the fall than they are in the summer, making it easier for you to schedule an appointment to replace your system once the season is over.

When deciding whether to repair or replace your equipment, there is a simple calculation known as the “$5,000 Rule.” Multiply the age of your current HVAC system by the expected cost of repairs. If the amount exceeds $5,000, you should consider replacing your unit. If the amount is less than $5,000, you should probably get your unit repaired instead. You can always seek the advice of a professional when deciding whether to repair or replace an outdated HVAC system. At McQuillan Bros, we always provide transparent pricing.

7. Arrange for Professional Heating Inspection

To keep your system in top functioning order throughout the year, plan HVAC tune-ups twice a year, preferably in the fall and spring. You can contact to schedule little jobs, such as coil cleaning, or larger issues, such as a full-scale heater or furnace repair or replacement. Right now, we have a heating inspection offer. Don’t miss out!

Call Now to Schedule Your Fall HVAC Maintenance

Whatever HVAC service, don’t put it off until your system breaks down and leaves your family shivering in the dead of winter in Minnesota. Many of the winter heater repair calls we get are the result of a lack of preventive maintenance earlier in the year. When you take proactive steps to maintain your HVAC system, you can be confident that it will be in good working order when Old Man Winter arrives – and, as a homeowner, nothing is more valuable than your peace of mind.

McQuillan Bros offers pleasant, dependable, and cost-effective service to residents throughout Minnesota. We repair and install top brands of HVAC equipment, and all of our work is backed by our comprehensive, industry-leading warranty. Whether your project is large or small, you can count on us to complete it correctly the first time. Contact us if you need help getting your HVAC ready for fall.


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