With the fall season being a few weeks away, you’re probably already preparing to switch to heating – and dreading the burden it will add to your utility bills. In this post, Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC shares a quick guide to saving on your heating bills for the fall season.
Set Your Thermostat a Few Degrees Lower
You won’t need much heating in the fall, so you can set your thermostat a few degrees lower than you normally would without any noticeable difference. A lower heating output means lower fuel or electricity use, which can lead to savings. It also means a lower workload on your system for less wear and tear.
Address Air Leaks in Your Home
Air leaks between indoor and outdoor spaces are a major cause of heat loss, which leads to a higher workload on the heating system as it makes up for lost heat. In turn, this results in high fuel or energy consumption. Cold spots or drafts are indicative of air leaks and are usually most noticeable around fenestrations (windows, doors, and skylights) and in areas with poor insulation.
The following are some of the things that you can do to address air leaks:
- Adjust loose doors and windows so they sit flush on the frame when closed.
- Replace old and damaged weatherstripping around fenestrations to ensure an airtight seal.
- If the rooms are heated by heat pumps (instead of a whole-home system) install brush door seals under the doors to further reduce air leaks.
- Have the air ducts inspected by your heating and air conditioning technician for leaks.
- Adding insulation and installing energy-efficient replacement windows are bigger home improvements that can help address major air leaks.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan Spin Direction
Ceiling fans are set out of the box to turn counterclockwise to create rising air currents to pull cool air from the floor. Most modern ceiling fans have a setting that can reverse spin direction, pushing air from the ceiling where warm air tends to settle. This can help maintain even room temperatures, allowing you to set your thermostat a few degrees lower, as described above.
Tyler provides air conditioning and heating services, including heat pump repair in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Call us at (203) 660-2031, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.