As summer comes to a close, it is time to begin preparing for fall. With the changing leaves comes changing weather, which means it is time to bring out the blankets, turn off the AC, and make sure the fireplaces and chimneys are safe to use for the season.
While many are excited for fall, the cooler season can increase the amount of energy a house uses, which can lead to an increase in utilities. In order to enjoy a warm fall, here are six ways to save on home heating during the fall:
1. Energy Efficient Heating
One of the best ways to save money this fall is to invest in an energy efficient heating system, such as the systems ABC Cooling and Heating has to offer. Not only are new units built with efficiency in mind, they also come with energy efficient thermostats. These thermostats allow you to program them to the proper temperatures throughout the day. Thus, if no one is in the house during the day, you can program the thermostat to turn off during that period. Likewise, when you know you will be home, you can set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature, and it will automatically stay at that temperature.
2. Home Insulation
How well your home maintains warmth during the colder season is dependent upon how well insulated your home is. Insulation keeps your home protected from outdoor elements, as it not only controls the moisture in your home, it also keeps your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
A house with poor insulation can lead to an expensive fall and an even more expensive winter, as the house will not maintain its temperature well. The more drafty a home is, the more you will end up using your heater, which leads to an increase in your energy bill. Updating your insulation is a wise investment, for it will save you money in the long run.
3. Water Heater
According to the US Department of Energy, water heaters can account for nearly 15 to 25 percent of your energy bill. Most water heaters are set to a high temperature. Lowering that temperature a few degrees can reduce your energy typically 3 to 5 percent for every 10 degrees it is lowered.
If you are interested in trying to save the maximum amount on your water heater, consider investing in an energy efficient, tankless water heater, which could save you up to 20 percent on your water bill.
Older windows are one of the easiest ways to lose precious heat during the cooler months. Because older windows were made with older materials, they do not maintain the right temperature very well. Replacing older windows with new, energy efficient windows can help you save up to 21 percent on heating costs, for energy efficient windows keep the warm air in and the cool air out during the fall.
Additionally, many older windows are drafty, for the seals are not as strong as they once were. Or, in some cases they are broken altogether. If you cannot afford to replace the windows entirely, taking the time to seal your windows can help keep unwanted air from leaking in.
Many chimneys leak cool air into the house, consequently sucking up all of the warm air inside of the house. While it is a wise idea to have someone inspect your fireplace and chimney each year to ensure they are safe to use in order to prevent a fire, having an annual inspection can also alert you if your chimney’s damper is leaking.
Because this can be a costly fix, consider purchasing doors for your fireplace in order to keep the cool air from leaking into the house.
6. Ceiling Fans
Many forgo using their ceiling fans after summer. However, during the cooler months, reverse your ceiling fans to direct air in the opposite direction, as it will help circulate the heated air. Because hot air rises, a ceiling fan spinning in the opposite direction can bring the hot air back down to where it is needed most.
These six ideas can help your home stay warm this fall while also maintaining a reasonable budget.
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