Can you feel it? Autumn is in the air!
Thankfully, the cooling temps mean your poor air conditioner doesn’t have to run hard or as often, but that doesn’t mean we can forget about maintaining our heating systems for the coming winter.
5 Tips to Save Money and Energy This Fall on Heating and Cooling
Tip #1: Change your air filter
Changing your air filter at least every 90 days, is one of the easiest ways to save money and keep your system running longer. If the filter is dirty, your heater has to work harder, which causes more wear and tear.
The U.S. Department of Energy says changing your air filter can reduce your energy consumption by 5-15%.
So stop reading right now and go check your filter. If it’s is dark gray, it’s time to change it.
Have you checked? Really?
Okay let’s move on…
Tip #2: Use window treatments
Try using the sun to heat your house in the fall and winter by keeping curtains, blinds, awnings and other window treatments open during the day. Close them once the sun goes down to keep the heat in your house.
Tip #3: Invest in weatherization
Check your windows and doors for leaks. If you find any leaks, add caulk and weatherstripping to close them. Sealing leaks in your house could save you an additional 10-20% in your energy costs.
Tip #4: Consider a programmable thermostat
If you don’t already have one, a programmable thermostat can save you a bundle.
For instance, you can program the thermostat so that your system is not running unnecessarily while you aren’t at home. It’s so easy to forget to turn your thermostat up or down before you leave the house for work or on vacation.
Tip #5: Schedule a professional tune-up
Getting a tune-up by a licensed HVAC professional will help your heating and cooling system last longer. A professional can check for problems you may not see before they potentially become bigger and more costly repair issues.
Don’t get caught in the cold this winter! Contact Atlanta’s Gagne Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule a tune-up today.