Summer is coming to an end, and it is almost time for fall. For most, the autumn season is a welcome break from the heat, but this time of the year can also strain your energy bill. Cooler weather means that you will be running your heat more often. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce your energy bill during the fall months.
Set Your Thermostat and Leave It
If you are frequently turning your thermostat up and down, you can run up your energy bill. Instead, set your thermostat on 68 degrees and leave it. If you are not home during the day, you can set it even lower. Also, consider lowering your thermostat before you go to sleep.
Make Sure Air Cannot Escape
Almost every home has some small holes or gaps where air can escape. These holes may seem like a minor problem, but it can add up to a significant energy cost over time. Inspect your home for any of these gaps and use caulk or weather stripping to seal.
Don't Let Your Fireplace Cost You
If your home has a fireplace, make sure your damper is closed if you don't have a fire going. An open damper can let warm air escape. Energy-efficient grates can also help keep warm air inside your home.
Look for Natural Sources of Heat
Let the sun do its job. Open your curtains and blinds so that light can come in through the windows and help to warm your house. You won't have to run the heat as much during the day.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Many people don't know that you can reverse your ceiling fans to spin clockwise during winter. Reversing your fans can move warm air down and around the room. Use your ceiling fans both in summer and winter to run your HVAC unit less often.
Don't Forget to Replace Your Air Filter
You probably remember to change your air filter
regularly during the summer months, but may often forget to change it during the winter months. A clean air filter is essential to reducing energy costs. Make sure to check it at least once a month and replace it if it is dirty.
Tin Foil Can Be Helpful
If you have a radiator, place a piece of tin foil behind it to reflect heat. This simple trick keeps heat in the room instead of letting it escape. Make sure the shiny side is facing out and get ready to save on your energy bill.
Regular HVAC Maintenance
You should regularly maintain your HVAC
unit to ensure that it is running correctly. Even a minor issue can make a big difference in your energy bill. As a bonus, if you catch an issue early, it can save you money fixing it now instead of waiting until it is a major problem.
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You can enjoy the fall weather and stay warm without running up your energy bill. A reliable heating and air unit and regular maintenance can save you on energy costs in the long run. Contact
Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric for more information.