The cooler weather is here, and it’s time to help your customers transition their HVAC systems from summer to fall. But, it’s not as simple as flipping a switch. You need to approach the transition methodically with your customer so that their HVAC system operates at its best. Here are three tips you can recommend to your customers to help them get their home ready for fall:
Reduce Air Conditioner Usage Gradually
Instead of going straight from high-blast air conditioning to high-blast heating, your customer will want to give the HVAC system a little break between seasons. Fall is the ideal time for this because the weather is relatively mild. Make the following suggestions to your customers to help them reduce HVAC system usage:
- Have them start relying on their celling fans and windows more often to reduce their air conditioner use. This will allow their homes to air out after keeping the windows closed during the hot summer months.
- Keep the curtains closed. This helps the home retain the cooler air longer, so the HVAC system can run at lower speeds (or not at all).
- Take advantage of nighttime temperatures. Once the sun sets, the outdoor temperatures go down dramatically. Make sure your customers turn off their AC at night and open the windows, so they can cool the house down without using any extra electricity.
- Make sure you have customers prepare their programmable or smart thermostats in preparation for cooler temps. Although they might be set to “off” today, they may wish to review their temperature schedule and set points, so they’re prepared for that first cold snap.
Make Sure All Heat Sources Are Clear
Since turning on the heating system is inevitable as temperatures drop, have your customers start cleaning out the areas where any heating vents are located. When heating systems are not being used, they often turn into storage racks or go unnoticed altogether, which can be very dangerous once the heat source is turned on. Move any furniture several feet away from the heat sources and make sure no items are in front of them, including window treatments and decorative items.
Get Routine Maintenance
The changing of the seasons is the perfect time for you to offer a preventative maintenance checkup to your customers. During the HVAC system checkup, you should:
- Inspect the HVAC system for any damage that may have occurred during the summer.
- Look inside the ducting to ensure there is no buildup that could be a potential fire hazard.
- Examine and clean the boiler/furnace to make sure all of the parts are working as they should and that there is no damage that needs to be repaired.
- Replace filters so the air flow is optimized.
The fall maintenance checkup is also a great time to see if your customer would like to have a humidifier installed before the cold weather hits – along with dryness.
Now is the time to strengthen your customer relationships by recommending ways to increase their home comfort as their HVAC systems transition to the cooler weather. To learn more, contact us today.