As summer winds down and temperatures begin to cool, your household’s HVAC needs will change as well. For example, in the fall, homeowners rely more on the heating components of their systems, which require a little preparation before being used. Learn more about how to get your system ready for the season and how a professional HVAC contractor can help with this useful guide.

3 Ways to Prepare Your HVAC System for Fall

1. Replace Filters

The system’s air filter removes pollen, dust, pet dander, hair, and dirt from the air before it is treated and circulated throughout the home. When the filter is clogged, the unit has to work harder to pull in air, which uses more energy and can diminish the quality of your indoor air.

Depending on the type of system you have, the filter should be replaced or cleaned at least every three months. If you’re not sure where the filter in your home is located, an HVAC contractor can help you find it.

2. Clean the Outdoor Unit 

HVAC contractorCooler weather causes trees to begin going into dormancy, which means you may notice fallen branches, twigs, and leaves blocking the outdoor condenser unit. Clear all debris at least 3 feet back from the unit.

If the vents are blocked, the system will struggle to pull in and vent out air. This will make the system less efficient and could also increase your energy bill. If vegetation begins to grow into the unit, ask an HVAC contractor to safely remove it. 

3. Seal Gaps

Gaps and cracks around windows and doors allow conditioned air to escape your home, which makes your HVAC system work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Sealing these openings with caulk or weatherstripping will take stress off your unit, especially once cold weather arrives.


Keep your heating and cooling system functional throughout the year with help from Kendall's Heating & Air in Hiawassee, GA. These experienced HVAC contractors offer cooling and heating system installation and repairs, along with commercial refrigeration solutions to clients throughout the Tri-State area. Call (706) 896-0830 to schedule furnace repairs to get your system winter-ready or visit the website to learn more about how they can keep your home or business comfortable year-round.