Give Your AC a Break and Prepare for Fall

Give Your AC a Break and Prepare for Fall

Have you noticed it yet? A crisp and refreshing morning and your air conditioning silently sits outside, allowing the autumn air to take on the task of cooling your home. In Knoxville, Fall is many residents' best time of the year. Cheering at football games or peeping at the countless colors painted on trees tops the list of favorite fall activities in Tennessee. A heating and air conditioning company in Knoxville may take a most-needed break from triaging broken-down units during the year's hottest days. There's no better time to take stock of what to do for your air conditioning - inside and out.

Indoor Considerations

Grab your latte, a pen, and a notepad for a walk around your home or business to take inventory of things you can do to ensure your AC is fall-ready. If you find that you can't do something on your own, a heating and air conditioning company in Knoxville is just a call away.

  • Check your indoor air quality. With the change from hot summers and blasting AC over to furnaces and forced heating, it's a great time to verify that your indoor air quality is optimal. If you're not sure where to start with this, check with your heating and air conditioning company in Knoxville.
  • Inspect your insulation. Inadequate attic or crawl space insulation will cost you valuable money. Considering this in the fall, before brutal winter temperatures creep into your home, is an ideal time to address the matter.
  • Consider your thermostat settings. Changing the summer to winter warrants consideration for selecting ideal thermostat settings. There's no perfect answer on what you want to settle the thermostat. Many conditions, and comfort levels, can affect precisely where you want to set the temperature.
  • Call your heating and air conditioning company in Knoxville for service. Fall is an ideal time to service your system to ensure it's in tip-top shape.
  • Keep your humidity in check. Ideally, levels should be between 35 and 60 percent humidity in your home or business. Depending on the levels in your space, investing in a humidifier or dehumidifier will help keep an ideal moisture balance. If it's too humid, you're chancing battling mold and other issues. If it's too low, you may be combating immunity if it becomes too dry.

Outdoor Considerations

  • Clean out the outdoor unit. Remove debris from the unit to prepare it for the long, cold nights ahead. Clear out leaves and general debris from the unit, allowing at least 24" around the space to be clear. Also, grab the hose and give your AC a quick shower to remove pollen, bugs, and smaller particles from the slats outside the air conditioning.
  • Wrap up piping. If your AC unit has exposed piping, wrapping it up in an insulating wrap to keep pipes safe from upcoming freezing temps will protect the flow through the lines.
  • Keep it uncovered. Covering your AC may seem like a sound option, but doing so traps moisture within the unit, leading to potential damage. If you have a unit where you think it's best to cover it due to large amounts of possible debris, consider cutting off the power to the system so it doesn't accidentally start while still covered.

General Considerations

  1. If you have any outstanding repairs, inside or out, now's the time to fix them. Work with a local heating and air conditioning company in Knoxville to complete any necessary repairs. These companies employ trained professionals with the tools and knowledge to perform the job correctly.
  2. Also, changing out filters in the fall is always a wise idea. After a long summer of forced air pumping through your home or business, filters quickly can become clogged and affect the system's efficiency.
  3. Lastly, since your AC will soon be retired for the foreseeable future and your furnace will be taking over, go to where your furnace resides and make sure the space around it is cleared away from unwanted debris. You'll want to look at the entire setup to ensure that nothing will compromise airflow the first time you turn on the heat. If you need help inspecting your furnace for the first time this fall, a heating and air conditioning company in Knoxville will be equipped to assist.

Fall festivals are in full swing, and the change from long, hot days has already transitioned to more relaxed, shorter days. With football, leaves, festivals, and everything pumpkin, taking your AC into consideration before the winter will prepare you for the next season. Winter looms on the horizon, but another summer season won't be far behind.


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