The gorgeous colors of the changing foliage. The comforting smell of a nearby bonfire. The…sinking feeling of opening an unexpectedly high heating bill?
Nothing can suck the enjoyment out of the season like the realization that you’ll be paying more than you expected to heat your home.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your heating system run more efficiently, which will in turn lower your energy costs. Here are a few ways you can help your HVAC system this fall:
1. Change your air filter
Changing or cleaning your air filter every three months – or when it becomes noticeably dirty – is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to help your system run better.
The dirtier a filter gets, the harder your system has to work to keep you warm, thereby raising your energy bill and lowering the life of your heater.
You can cut anywhere from five to 15 percent off your annual household energy bill by keeping your filters clean. In addition to saving you money, a clean filter can also improve the air quality in your home and alleviate things like allergies and asthma.
2. Program your thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat is a great time to call your local heating and air repair company to get one installed.
Like their name suggests, these devices allow homeowners to program their thermostats to run at a cooler temperature when they aren’t at home, or at night (get used to sleeping with an extra blanket).
Have your heating and air repair contractor examine your thermostat to make sure it’s properly calibrated. If it’s not working properly, you might end up paying more than you need.
Also, be sure to read our blog post from earlier this year about the proper spots in your home to place a thermostat. Putting it in the wrong place can lead to inaccurate temperature readings.
3. Seal your doors and windows
Cold air can seep into your home if you haven’t sealed your doors and windows. Having a drafty home can add another 10 to 15 percent to your heating bill and make your HVAC system less effective.
If you detect any drafts, seal them with rubber weather-stripping or caulking, probably the easiest and most effective way of conserving energy all year long.
4. Open your curtains, and your vents
Take advantage of the sun’s rays by opening the curtains on your windows that face south during the day. This will help warm your home. Just remember to close the curtains again at night to reduce the evening’s chill.
You can also take some of the strain off your heater by making sure there aren’t any curtains or pieces of furniture blocking your vents. Go the extra mile by clearing pet hair and dust from the dampers.
5. Schedule regular maintenance
There might be issues with your HVAC system that you wouldn’t catch but would be obvious to a heating and air repair expert. You can prevent those issues from becoming major problems by having routine HVAC maintenance performed on your system.
Was your last energy bill higher than you expected? Turn to All Seasons Comfort Control. Our expert HVAC technicians can examine your system and make sure it’s performing at its best. Contact us today to learn more.