As the scorching summer heat gradually gives way to the cooler fall temperatures, it’s time to shift your focus from air conditioning to heating. These HVAC tips for the fall will help you maintain a comfortable indoor environment while reducing energy consumption.
1. Embrace the Thermostat Transition
You can save energy as temperatures drop by raising the thermostat setting a few degrees. Aim for a setting that keeps you comfortable while minimizing the workload on your heating system to extend the lifespan of your system and reduce utility costs.
If you have not yet installed a programmable or smart thermostat, they are a fantastic investment. Programmable thermostats help you save money on heating and cooling costs by allowing you to set temperatures to a pre-planned schedule so that you are not heating or cooling your home when no one is home. Alternatively, many smart thermostats can learn your family’s habits over time and automatically create a schedule, so you do to have to program it. In addition, a smart thermostat can track your energy usage to produce a report. You can use this information to determine whether your energy-saving efforts are effective.
2. Seal Leaks
Before the chilly weather fully sets in during fall, take a proactive approach by inspecting and sealing any gaps or leaks around your doors and windows. These openings allow cold air to infiltrate your home, forcing your heating system to work harder. A simple solution is to apply weatherstripping around doors and windows, preventing drafts and heat loss.
3. Have a Professional Inspect Your Ductwork
ENERGY STAR, a government energy conservation organization, suggests that the average household loses up to 30% of its conditioned air through leaks in ductwork. An HVAC technician can test your ductwork to determine how much heating and cooling your system wastes. After the assessment, they can seal leaks and repair damaged portions of your ducts if necessary. They may also suggest changes to your current ductwork design to improve heating and cooling efficiency in your home. Fall is a good time to have this work done because it is after the hottest days of summer and before frigid temperatures set in.
4. Get Your Heating System Maintained
Early fall is a great time to get your heating system tuned up before HVAC companies get busy taking care of customers who wait until the last minute. An HVAC technician will clean your system’s internal components, lubricate moving parts, and inspect the unit’s overall functionality. Regular maintenance not only prolongs the lifespan of your equipment but also ensures optimal performance.
During their visit, the technician will also identify any issues with the heating system that need repair. Having maintenance performed well before cold weather hits allows you the time to take care of any problems before you need your system the most.
5. Reverse Ceiling Fans for Efficiency
Many ceiling fans have a reverse setting, which is beneficial during the fall and winter. The fan gently pushes warm air downward when set to clockwise rotation at a low speed. Since warm air tends to rise, this simple trick helps distribute heat evenly throughout the room. This fan setting can reduce the need to crank up the thermostat, ultimately saving energy without compromising comfort.
6. Harness Natural Solar Heat
Selma’s sunny climate can be advantageous during the fall. Capitalize on the natural heat the sun provides by keeping your curtains or blinds open during the day. Sunlight streaming through windows can contribute to warming your home, lessening the workload on your heating system. As evening approaches, close your window coverings to trap the warmth inside.
7. Change Your Air Filters
When colder temperatures arrive, you are less likely to keep your windows open, which reduces the ventilation through your home and can cause indoor air quality issues. A clean filter catches airborne contaminants preventing them from recirculating through your HVAC system and being breathed in by household members.
You should also replace your HVAC air filters regularly because they restrict the airflow through your equipment when they become clogged. A dirty filter forces your system to work harder and consume more energy. Experts recommend changing filters at least every three months. However, you should inspect them at least once a month because when your heating system runs more often during cold weather, they may need to be replaced more often than suggested.
8. Optimize Your Fireplace Usage
When using your fireplace, ensure the damper is open to allow smoke and gases to escape. Otherwise, these byproducts can enter your living space, affecting indoor air quality. Additionally, make it a habit to close the damper when the fireplace is not in use to prevent warm air from escaping through the chimney. Consider installing a fireplace insert to further enhance energy efficiency by preventing heat loss.
9. Invest in Zoned Heating
Zone heating offers a smart way to heat your home more efficiently, focusing on occupied areas rather than heating the entire house uniformly. Consider installing a zone heating system that allows you to independently control the temperature in different living spaces. This way, you can direct heat to the rooms you use the most while maintaining lower temperatures in less frequented areas. If you live in a two-story home, your can also lower the temperature for the upstairs zone in the fall and winter, where household members may not need as much heat while sleeping or out for the day.
10. Prepare for Cooler Nights
Fall nights in Selma can get quite chilly. Rather than solely relying on your HVAC system, consider layering up with cozy blankets and wearing warmer clothing indoors. Keeping your body warm can allow you to lower the thermostat a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. This small adjustment can make a noticeable difference in your energy consumption over time.
11. Seal and Insulate Attic Spaces
A lot of heat can escape through your attic if it’s not properly sealed and insulated. Check for gaps, cracks, and inadequate insulation in your attic, which can lead to substantial energy loss. Seal any openings and add insulation as needed to create a thermal barrier. A well-insulated attic prevents heat from escaping and helps maintain consistent temperatures throughout your home.
12. Bake and Cook With Purpose
As the fall season arrives, indulge in the comforting rituals of baking and cooking. Not only do these activities fill your home with delightful aromas, but they also generate heat. When you use your oven and stove, their heat can warm your living spaces. Plan your meals to include oven-baked dishes or stovetop creations, and let the warmth from your kitchen naturally heat adjacent areas. This culinary approach nourishes your body and adds a cozy touch to your home without increasing heating costs.
Contact the Professionals
At Beyer Air Conditioning & Heating, we are a family-owned company in Selma, TX. Our team has over 40 years of collective experience serving the residents in our community. We install, maintain, and repair heating and cooling systems. Additionally, we provide ductwork cleaning and repair services.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of your expert HVAC technicians.