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 grab your winter clothes out of storage, while others have spent their time trying to decide which hoodie will go best with your first pumpkin spice latte of the season. Regardless of how fall makes you feel, it’s here—and winter is right behind. Garoken Energy Co. Inc. has some tips for you that let you enjoy the fall and keep your space cozy until next spring. Along with arranging your routine air conditioner service from Garoken Energy Co. Inc., use this checklist to get ready for the change in season. Take Care of Your Air Filter. Your AC worked hard for you through the hot Beaverton summer. Before you give your AC a vacation for the colder months, check your air filter and change it if it’s dirty. This will help your air conditioner run more efficiently and keep dust and pollutants from traveling through your house as the seasons change. Let Some Fresh Air In. With the temperatures dropping, open up your windows and enhance your indoor air quality. The air in your home can be several times more polluted than outdoor air, so take this chance to get some fresh air before winter’s chill begins. Be Sure Vents and Registers are Clear. Sometimes furniture gets shifted around as you move from outdoor living in the warmer months to being inside more as the days get cooler and shorter. Make sure none of your vents or registers are blocked as you rearrange. This will make it a challenge for your HVAC system to do its jobs and could cause an unwelcomed hike in your utility bills. Check for Air Leaks. The heat of summer can put wear on weather-stripping. Check around your windows and doors for leaks that could let heated air out of your home this winter. Air leaks are responsible for reducing heating efficiency and adding costs 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 focus on your winter workhorse: your furnace. Call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. to schedule a preventive maintenance checkup. We’ll make sure your furnace is clean and working smoothly before winter rolls in. During your preventive maintenance, we’ll also identify and let you know what needs to be done to fix any potential problems that may come up when your furnace is used consistently. Test Your Carbon Monoxide Detector. Before heating season begins, 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 complete, you can relax and take in all the beauty and fun that fall has to offer. Call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. and we’ll handle some of this checklist for you. Together, we’ll ensure you head into winter with no worries about staying warm and cozy. You can contact us at 503-848-3838 or you can simply schedule an appointment with us online.