It’s now time to say goodbye to summer. Many of you are begrudgingly stowing away your flip-flops and tank tops and grabbing your winter gear. Others are trying to figure out which hoodie looks best with your new hairstyle. There are even those who really don’t mind the changing of the seasons, but they are already sick of anything that is pumpkin spiced.

It doesn’t really matter how you feel about fall, it’s here and there is nothing you can do about it. What you should be doing, however, is prepping your home for cooler temperatures. Along with scheduling an appointment for regular AC and furnace service with Total Care Heating and Air in Corona, there are things that need to be done to get ready for the change of seasons.

Test Smoke Detectors

Yes, we do talk about this an awful lot, because it is very important for the safety of your family. But before the season changes, you need to check your smoke detectors as well as your carbon monoxide detectors. If you find that any of them aren’t working and replacing the batteries don’t help, go out and buy new ones.

Check for Air Leaks

The heat of summer can really put the wear and tear on weather stripping. Take a close look at your windows and doors to see if there are any leaks. Air leaks are a huge reason why your utility bills could be way too high. Fix leaks by replacing weather stripping as needed and caulking where needed.

Clear the Vents

Furniture often gets shifted over the course of the summer. Ensure that none of your registers or vents were inadvertently blocked off as you rearranged. Blocked vents and registers make it that much harder for your HVAC system to do its job. This will undoubtedly cause an unwelcome increase in the cost of your utility bills.

Get Some Fresh Air

Most likely, you have had your home shut up during the heat of summer. Now that the temperatures are decreasing, open the windows to your home and enhance the indoor air quality. The air in your home can be several times more polluted than the air outdoors. So it makes sense to bring a little fresh air in this fall.

Change the Filter

Your air conditioning system worked hard to keep you comfortable all summer. Before you give it a break for the season, change out the filter.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, you should consider getting one. A programmable thermostat makes life a little bit easier by allowing you to set the desired temperature and not have to worry about it. Not only will a programmable thermostat save you the effort of having to always adjust temperatures when you leave and come back home, it will save you money in energy costs.

Call Your HVAC Service

Lastly, call Total Care Heating and Air to have your HVAC system checked out. Remember, small problems that you don’t notice right now can become huge problems that cost a lot of money to fix later.