The air is crisp. The foliage is turning an orangey brown. You can smell leaves burning somewhere down the block. It is the onslaught of autumn and it’s time to retune your home’s heating system.
Here are some ideas on how to turn the heat up and keep your energy bills down.
- As it cools off outside, reverse your thermostat strategy. Now that you are starting to use the heat and not the AC, you want to set the thermostats at 68 degrees or lower when you go to bed or when you leave for work. This will ensure optimal home heating and save you on your energy bill.
- Consider investing in a programmable thermostat that you can set up for the season and never touch it again. These little wonders can save you a bundle.
Heating System Savings
- It’s time for the annual tune up of your central heating by a NATE-certified technician. A tuned heating system will run more efficiently and save you money.
- Remember to replace your filters on a regular schedule. Dirty filters force the heating system to work harder and consume more energy.
- Vacuum radiators and air vents to remove dust bunnies and dirt.
- Make sure vents and returns are not being blocked by sofas, draperies or other objects.
- Use the locks on your windows for a tighter seal and fewer drafts.
- Open blinds and drapes during the daytime to allow for solar warmth. Close them at night to retain heat.
- Consider upgrading to double-glazed windows for greater energy savings.