8 Tips to Reducing Your Energy Cost this Fall
When it starts to get colder out, you may notice that your energy costs start to rise as well. Fortunately, you don't have to deal with this added expense. Here are eight tips for reducing your energy costs this fall.
If you notice a draft around your doors or windows, you need to add weatherstripping. This draft is not only a nuisance, but cold air will make it difficult for your HVAC system to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. Weatherstripping tends to be inexpensive, and it can help you lower your energy costs.
Keep Your Fireplace Damper Closed
Many people forget to close their fireplace damper. Unfortunately, this allows warm air to escape and lets cold air in. The only time the damper needs to be open is when you are using your fireplace.
Replace Your Filter
A dirty air filter can reduce airflow and make it difficult to heat or cool your home. The result is an HVAC system that runs more often than it should and increases your energy costs. You should strive to replace your filter once every three months.
Open Your Window Coverings During The Day
Your HVAC system doesn't need to do all of the work to keep your house warm. When it's sunny outside, you should open your window coverings to let some heat in. You'd be surprised at just how much you can warm up your home by letting a little bit of sunshine come through your windows.
Set Your Thermostat at 68 Degrees
You may be tempted to turn your thermostat up higher to make your house warmer during the fall. Unfortunately, this method will raise your energy costs. You'll want to set your thermostat at 68 degrees if you want to save money. If you are cold, wear a sweater, and add a few extra blankets onto the bed at night.
Reverse The Direction Your Ceiling Fans Spin
Many homeowners don't realize that they can reverse the direction that their ceiling fans spin. By doing so, their ceilings will push warm air down. If you are trying to keep your home warmer, your ceiling fans should be spinning clockwise.
Place Tin Foil Behind The Radiator
If you're looking for an easy way to lower your energy costs, you can reflect heat by putting tin foil behind the radiator. This may allow you to run your HVAC system a little less in the winter. You will need to place the tin foil's shiny side towards the radiator to notice the biggest benefits.
Have HVAC Maintenance Done
You'll have higher than average energy costs if your HVAC system isn't working properly. Now is a good time to have maintenance done. Don't put it off until any issue arises.
Even if your energy costs have been high in the past, you still might be able to lower them this fall. Give us a call today so that we can help you keep your HVAC system running properly. We can inspect both your inside and outside units and determine whether any issues need to be addressed.