Energy Saving Tips for the Transition between Summer and Fall

The transition between summer and fall brings inconsistent temperatures that can drive anyone a little crazy. One day can be hot and muggy and then next thing you know a cold front comes in and you are grabbing for another layer. This inconsistency can lead to a spike in costs to your energy bill. Follow these energy saving tips to save some money in the transition between summer and fall.

 

For Your Thermostat

Generally, you should try and keep your thermostat as warm as possible when it is hotter outside and vice-versa to save the most energy. But this can be difficult with busy schedules and with the inconsistencies of the weather. One thing that can help on hotter days is using fans. They allow you to keep your home up to four degrees higher without sacrificing your comfort. North Winds Heating and Cooling recommends upgrading your system to a digital thermostat will also allow you more freedom during your busy schedule. It will send you messages when a filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. They also will keep the humidity of your home lower than 50% with the built-in humidity sensor.

For Your Air Unit

This time of year is a good time to schedule routine maintenance. If your system has any issues, it is having to work harder and will be costing you more money. Fixing minor issues over time is less expensive than avoiding regular check-ups until the system has a major problem or shuts down. The transition between summer and fall creates a small lull for service calls. The hottest portion of the summer has passed so there are fewer system breakdowns and the weather hasn’t dropped dramatically yet. It’s best to not wait for the drastic drops in temperature when everyone seems to be having issues with their systems.

Around the House

There are also several things you can do to keep the temperature consistent through your home without even touching your thermostat. On warmer days, close the blinds or shades closed on any windows that face the sun. This will block the sun’s heat and keep things cooler. Sleep with your windows open to keep air circulating and use a light quilt. On cooler days, do the opposite; allow the light to come through the windows. At night, double up on the blankets and keep the windows closed. Make sure that your vents are kept clean, that way your system can function easier. Appliances cause heat while they run. If it is a particularly warm day, try and cut down on how much you are using your appliances. Dishwashers and dryers are common culprits; let them run during the night when it is cooler. Utilizing natural light during the daytime will also help keep the house cooler when it is hot out.

 

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