It’s that time of year again, folks. Football is back on TV, the kids are back at school and the daytime is getting shorter. Soon, nighttime will have you searching for those extra blankets. Fall is approaching Virginia full-throttle and temperatures are changing fast. Here are some Fall-energy-saving tips to prepare your home for the season.
- Fall is the best time to schedule your routine HVAC checkup. The transition from cold to warm can be hard on your system, and you want to make sure your thermostat is calibrated properly and running efficiently.
- Gas furnace? Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home. About 400 people die annually from carbon monoxide poisoning. Purchase these lifesavers for about $30 at any hardware store.
- If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider getting one. Purchasing one for as low as $25 can make a big dip in your monthly energy bill. Install the thermostat away from any cold or heat sources, such as an inner wall away from sunlight and drafts.
- Speaking of drafts, get rid of them. Seal your home by applying rubber weather-stripping on drafty doors and windows. Air leaks cause your heating system to overwork, leading to higher bills!
- Change your air filters monthly. Changing your home’s filters reduces indoor allergies and makes your HVAC system more efficient. This goes for furnace filters as well. Follow this one simple tip to cut 5-15% off of your home’s annual energy bill .
- Layer up! Set your home temperature to the magic 68 degrees. Put on sweatshirts and socks before increasing your home’s temperature.
- No need to heat up an empty house. Program your thermostat so the temperature drops while you are sleeping and at work. We suggest re-warming your home thirty minutes prior to your normal return time, and then lowering the temperature again around 11pm.
- DO NOT completely turn off your system while out during the day! It takes an incredible amount of energy to restart your HVAC system and quickly warm your home. Continuously running your heating system on low uses less energy.
- For every degree you lower your thermostat, you save about 2% from your monthly heating bill.
Now that you have been informed, go out and prepare your house so you can save a pretty penny this fall. Might we suggest using some of that extra pocket-change on Friday night pizzas and pumpkin-flavored drinks. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate, give us a call and we will assist you.
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