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 dig your winter clothes out of storage, while others have spent days trying to decide which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how you approach fall, it’s on its way—and winter is just around the corner. Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc has some tips for you that will allow you to enjoy the fall and keep your house cozy until next spring. Along with scheduling your ongoing air conditioner service from Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc, use this checklist to prep for the change in season. Take Care of Your Air Filter. Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Rapid City season. Before you give your AC a break for the cooler months, check your air filter and change it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner operate more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from circulating through your home as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. With the temperatures dropping, open up your 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 time to get some fresh air before winter’s chill begins. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets shifted around as you transition from outdoor living in the warmer months to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Ensure that none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it harder for your HVAC system to perform effectively and could cause an unwelcomed bump in your utility costs. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can be hard on weather-stripping. Examine your windows and doors for leaks that could let 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 step aside for the winter, it’s time to switch focus to your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc to schedule a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll be sure your furnace is clean and operating smoothly before winter arrives. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also detect and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is working full-time. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season kicks off, test your carbon monoxide detector. It pays to be sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a brand new set of batteries installed. Once this simple checklist is done, you can sit back and take in all the beauty and fun that fall brings. Reach out to Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc and we’ll take care of some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter with no concerns about staying warm and cozy. You can contact us at 605-342-5107 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.