As the weather outside begins to cool, the AC will be needing maintenance as the end of the cooling season approaches. During the early autumn months, you will probably still need your AC and as the leaves fall off trees, it will be time to start preparing for winter and doing the heating repair and maintenance that your AC and heating need. Here are some autumn AC care tips to help you at the end of the season:

1. Early Autumn Maintenance as Extreme Heat Subsides

Early autumn is the beginning of the end to unbearable summer heat. During the first weeks of autumn, there may still be a few days of extreme heat, but it will begin to subside. Make sure that you continue the same maintenance you have done throughout the summer, with more frequent filter changes during extreme temperatures. When the heat begins to subside, turn the thermostat settings down a few degrees to reduce energy loss and strain on your AC.  The early nights of autumn are a great time to open windows and cool your home naturally with the fresh air outside.

2. Caring for Your AC as You Still Use It During Fall Months

The leaves are beginning to turn shades of bright yellows and orange, and soon they will be falling off the trees and into your AC unit. This may be a time that you are still using your AC when the weather is still warm outside during the day. During the mid-autumn months, you will want to check your AC system more frequently for things like tree debris that can cause damage. If there are just a few leaves in the unit, use a leaf-blower to remove them; if you do not have a leaf-blower, remove the grill and sweep the leaves out. Also, continue to regularly change the air filter during this time.

3. Cleaning Maintenance and Weatherization at The End of Autumn

The later weeks of autumn are when you will be using the AC least or not at all. If you want to ensure that your AC is safe from winter weather, this is a good time for weatherization of the unit outside. Before you cover the united with a ventilated cover, make sure that you thoroughly clean the unit and remove any debris that may be trapped inside. Before covering the unit, make sure you let it completely dry. When you put the cover on, allow ventilation to prevent mildew and condensation that can cause damage. Some covers are designed to allow for ventilation, while others you will want to leave a gap at the bottom of the unit for ventilation.

These are some tips to help you with the care that your air conditioner needs at the end of the season. As the cooling season ends and you need more maintenance to prepare for winter, contact an HVAC service to help with these tasks and repairs that your HVAC system needs.