How to Prep Your Home for Cooler Fall Temperatures09/08/2017It’s time to say goodbye to the hot weather. Some of you may begrudgingly drag your sweaters out of storage, while others have spent days trying to figure out 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. J.L. Brady Company LLC has some tips for you that give you the chance to enjoy the fall and keep your space cozy until next spring. Along with booking your ongoing air conditioner service from J.L. Brady Company LLC, use this checklist to prepare for the change in season. Take Care of Your Air Filter. Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Moline season. Before you give your AC time off for the cooler season, check your air filter and exchange it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner operate more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from circulating through your house as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. Now that the temps are decreasing, open the windows and improve your indoor air quality. The air inside your home can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this time to bring in fresh air before winter’s chill arrives. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets shifted around as you transition from outdoor living in the summer to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Be sure that none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it harder for your HVAC system to do what it needs to do and could cause an unwelcomed hike in your energy costs. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can put wear on weather-stripping. Look around your windows and doors for leaks that could end up allowing heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and driving up your heating bills. Prevent leaks by replacing caulking and weather-stripping where needed. Schedule a Furnace Checkup. Once your AC is ready to take a rest, it’s time to take care of your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call J.L. Brady Company LLC to do a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll ensure 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 issues that may come up when your furnace is in regular use. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season kicks off, test your carbon monoxide detector. It is worth it to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are operating properly and have a fresh set of batteries installed. Once this simple checklist is finished, you can sit back and take in all the beauty and fun that fall offers. Contact J.L. Brady Company LLC and we’ll handle 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 309-517-7511 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.