Not only do you have to change over your wardrobe from summer shorts to fall jeans, but you also have to modify your heating and cooling habits. Here are some ways to start making the transition as the temperatures begin to drop.
Prepping Your Furnace
- Say goodbye to the programmable thermostat. The weather is definitely erratic in Dallas. When you have no idea how the temperature is going to fluctuate each day, it’s best to turn off the programmable thermostat. If left on, it could end up unnecessarily cooling your house and wasting energy.
- Make sure insulation is at its best. This is a great time of year to assess the insulation in your home. Check attics and walls. Updating your insulation increases energy conservation and leads to lower electric bills.
- Continually decrease your AC. As the temperature cools, be mindful of lowering your air conditioning accordingly. It doesn’t need to be going at full blast. Match the lowered temperatures with lowered usage of your unit.
- Invest in a heat pump. If you have a heat pump, you’re able to transfer energy from one part of your house to another. Use it to transfer heat into your home during the fall transition.
- Fill up your gas furnace now. Gas is definitely cheaper in the summer, and it’s easier to fill it up now than in the winter months. By planning ahead, you prepare yourself for any unexpected bursts of wintery weather.
Show Your Furnace Some TLC
- Once you have successfully acclimated your home and energy usage to the new season, you’re going to see lower energy costs and less strain on your HVAC unit. It is also important to continually maintain your HVAC system. With these simple steps, you are sure to increase the longevity of the unit and its efficiency.
- Keep an eye on your furnace filters. Regularly changing them gives your unit a boost. Make sure to change them every one to three months. If you monitor them, you’re going to visibly recognize when it’s time for a replacement. In fact, it’s a good idea to stock up on furnace filters now. There are usually better prices in the summer months.
- Make sure the area around your furnace is clean. Sweep often and remove all debris. This helps to keep the filter clean and prevent any chance of fire involving your furnace.
- Air vents and ducts need to be regularly cleaned and maintained. Keeping airways open prevents the unit from overworking itself.
- Utilize a programmable thermostat. You may have turned it off during the transition period, but once the temperatures are regularly cold, utilize it to heat the house according to your lifestyle habits.
- Bleed your valves. If you have a hot-water radiator, it’s beneficial to open the valves slightly and close them again when water starts to appear. This keeps water from freezing in the pipes.
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