Leaves are falling, it’s getting darker out earlier and the temperature keeps dropping. The air conditioners are out and it’s time to prep your home for the fall. As it gets colder you want to make sure you’re warming your house efficiently. If you’re home isn’t in top shape you might be wasting energy trying to keep it warm and cozy.
Check out these tips on keeping your home energy efficient this fall.
- Check your ducts for leaks and fill them up.
- Change the furnace and HVAC filters for efficient use.
- Cover drafty windows and if possible, get them replaced to energy efficient ones.
- Lower the thermostat when no one is home and preprogram to warm up about 30 minutes to an hour before you get home.
- Search for and seal leaks. Check under doors, near windows, around the light fixture and electric outlets for leaks.
- Get your fireplace serviced to run efficiently
- Take advantage of heat from sun – open the curtains during the day to let in the sunlight and heat.
- Remove air conditioners from the windows- for warmer fall days, open windows in the morning to cool down and use fans to stay cool.
- Have your insulation checked to make sure it is up to
- Lower your water heater temperature between 110 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wrap water heater up with an insulation blanket so it can retain heat.
- Check heating vents for blockage and remove blockages.
These are just a few of many things you can do to ensure energy efficiency in your home during the Fall Season. You can also get a home energy inspection for a comprehensive look at your home’s energy usage. Your inspector can provide more tips for things to do to improve your efficiency.