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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about your fall home maintenance checklist. Inspecting your HVAC systems and other parts of your home before the colder weather returns is an important step to avoid any potential mishaps that could cost you money, comfort and time. To help you get started, we’ve outlined some important things to check this fall around the house so that you can be comfortable in the upcoming season.

Air Conditioner

When the fall weather comes around, many of us are ready to turn off our air conditioners and open the windows to enjoy the cool fall air. Although, you may not use your air conditioner regularly in the fall; it can be beneficial to test operation for upcoming spring and summer. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your air conditioner during the fall:

  • Check your air filter and replace if dirty. A dirty air filter can prevent proper air conditioning operation and increase the cost of operation as the system works harder. The air filter is typically found at your furnace. Air filtration is used in both air conditioner and furnace operation.
  • Covering your air conditioning unit can help prevent debris from falling inside. If you prefer to cover your air conditioner in the winter, allow 6 to 8 inches to be exposed at the bottom of the unit so that cold air can enter unit. This can help prevent rodents and critters from making homes in your unit through the course of winter.


It is also important to check your furnace before heating your home again for the first time in the fall. Regular furnace inspections are best performed before the cold weather comes in case it needs cleaning or if it is damaged. Here are five easy steps you can take to prep your furnace:

  • Check your air filter every 30 to 90 days. A dirty filter can prevent furnace operation and increase cost of operation. Electric filters should be cleaned on a regular basis to ensure proper air cleaning.
  • Inspect your humidifier and water panel for rust, mold and operation.
  • Don’t leave any combustible products or chemicals near your heating system. This is a safety precaution to prevent fires.
  • Move furniture or other large objects away from your vents and registers and open all registers to allow proper airflow and air distribution.
  • If you are leaving for an extended period of time, set the thermostat to a lower temperature to save on fuel cost and still prevent pipes from freezing, or consider having a Smart Stat installed to control your home climate from the comfort of your vacation spot!

If you find that your furnace isn’t working properly, you can always call for an HVAC professional to help with a furnace repair.  To help prevent unnecessary break downs we recommend scheduling regular heating & cooling maintenance with a company specializing in HVAC. HVAC technicians are always the best way to ensure your furnace is working correctly and more importantly, safely.

General HVAC and Fall Maintenance

After you’ve inspected both your air conditioner and furnace, be sure to frequently follow this checklist during the fall and winter months to keep your HVAC systems running smoothly.

  • Clear away any debris from outdoor units to maintain air flow.
  • Make sure your thermostat is working properly by turning it on and turning up the heat slowly. You should hear the thermostat click and after a few minutes, feel warm air start to blow out of the vents.
  • Seal any air leaks around windows and doors and in your attic or basement. This will help keep warm or cool air in and help reduce your energy bill.
  • Close all windows and draw the curtains at night. Keep them open when you’re running the heat and closed when you’re running the air conditioner.
  • Consider using window shrink wrap to increase insulation value of older single pane windows.
  • Test both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries every year.
  • Consider replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every 5 years to ensure proper detection operation.
  • Check that your humidifier is working and replace the water panel to keep humidity levels and airflow balanced during the fall and winter.
  • Clear away any leaves and other debris from your gutters.
  • Consider insulating or covering outdoor water hose hook-ups to prevent potential freezing damage and repairs for spring.

If you’re interested in an HVAC professional to inspect or provide maintenance to your HVAC systems, North Winds Heating & Cooling is here to help; our technicians are highly trained with all major manufacturers and can get your HVAC system ready for the weather that Michigan brings in the fall and winter seasons. Our Every Degree Protection Plans are focused on the unique needs of each home. Our certified technicians can guide you towards a plan that best fits your current HVAC system in your Lansing area home. Contact us to learn more about our Every Degree Protection Plans and how they can help you be at ease with your HVAC system throughout the year.

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