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How To Keep Your Home Energy Efficient in The Fall

You’ll want to stay comfortable as we head into fall, but that does not mean you’ll have to spend loads more money on your energy bill.

There are some simple ways to keep your home energy efficient this fall season.

Replace Your Filters

Sometimes it can be easy to forget changing your filters when you’re so excited to get out the fall decor.

Your HVAC filters could actually save you energy. Their job is to capture particles within the air prior to the air entering the rooms in your home.

The dirtier they get, the less effective they are and sometimes they can make your system work even harder.

To ensure effectiveness of your filter and system, and to save energy you should replace your air filters about every two to three months.

To help you remember, change your filter with every season change or even more often.

Heater Maintenance

Make sure your heater is working to the best of its ability. This requires testing it out, before it gets too cold and calling your local professionals at Homer Nine And Sons, Inc. for seasonal heater maintenance.

Performing regular maintenance on your HVAC system can help prevent breakdowns. Other benefits also include:

  • Reduced utility bills

  • Improved energy efficiency

  • Increased life spans for your heater and air conditioner

  • Better air quality in your home

  • Improved safety and dependability of your systems

During maintenance appointments, an HVAC maintenance specialist will inspect your system, identify repair issues, and provide you with the vital information you need to keep your system running at peak efficiency all season long.

Ceiling Fans

Did you know the way your ceiling fan spins can impact the temperature within a room?

Since heat rises, make sure they are spinning clockwise so they will push warm air back down towards the ground.

Your fans will help redistribute air throughout the room, hopefully avoiding cold pockets.

Don’t forget to switch your fans back to counter-clockwise next summer, it can impact your cooling system as well.

Natural Light

Natural light can do more than brighten up and open a space.

Open your blinds or curtains during the day and take advantage of the natural sunlight and heat that comes with it.

Be sure to close them at night to avoid the chill you may feel.

Check For Air Leaks

Natural light is great, but that does not mean open your windows too. Open windows, cracks or drafts can lead to higher energy bills.

It lets the heat you are using escape and cold air from outside to enter your home.

Gaps can be common around windows and doors, so be sure to check those areas and repair the cracks as soon as possible.

Fireplace

Imagine the wood crackling noise wrapped up in a throw blanket next to a warm fire. Something about it screams its fall.

Fireplaces are perfect for colder weather, but when they’re not in use, the dampler should be closed. If you leave it open, you are giving another place for warm air to escape. It is like leaving a window open.

Thermostats

Regulating the temperature within your home can help you save on energy costs.

Instead of cranking up your thermostats, keep it around 68 degrees, which is one of the most energy efficiency temperatures.

The further the temperature in your home differs from the forecast outside, the more your system is working.

According to the Department of Energy , turning your thermostat back between seven and ten degrees for 8 hours a day to save up to 10% on heating costs.

Homer Nine and Sons, Inc., are experts within the Beaver, Pennsylvania area and can provide top-notch assistance for all your HVAC needs. Call us at (724) 241-8698 for all your HVAC needs!

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