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Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

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Can you feel it in the air? Summer is slowly but surely on its way out. Before you pass out from pumpkin spice-related excitement, remember what colder weather means to your electric bill. Before you know it, you’ll get to make the big switch from COOL to HEAT on your home’s thermostat. Without proper maintenance and management, your latte budget could be considerably smaller thanks to high energy bills. So how can you avoid this catastrophe? Follow these simple tips for fall energy savings, and you’ll save enough to indulge those pumpkin cravings all season long. Stock Up On Air Filters If you want your heater to run properly and efficiently, your air filter should be checked and replaced every month. You can avoid chilly trips to the store by stocking up now. If you don’t know your air filter size, it’s probably time to change it. Look at your old one for sizing and head to your local hardware or home and garden store. In addition to the size, you’ll have the option of choosing a filtration level. If you suffer from fall and winter allergies, opt for a filter designed to trap dust, pollen and other allergens. Program Your Thermostat The first thing to understand about your thermostat is that setting it at a very high temperature will not warm your home any faster than setting it to an efficient one would. In fact, your AC will have to work harder and longer to reach those temperatures and that could but unnecessary stress on the unit. During the winter, follow Energy Star’s easy guideline for programming your thermostat for efficiency. A temperature at or slightly below 70 degrees is perfect for comfortable sleeping and waking. Program it to set the temperature around eight degrees lower during the times you aren’t home. This will save energy without your home being unreasonably cold. You can even program your thermostat to switch to the warmer temperature 20 minutes before you generally arrive home. This gives your home plenty of time to warm up before you get home. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans During the summer, your ceiling fan runs counter-clockwise (forward) at a fast speed to push cool air down and cool your body with a wind chill effect. In the winter, reverse the rotation on your ceiling fan. Running your fan on a low speed will push rising warm air back down to keep you comfortable without creating wind chill. These are only a few of the ways that you can save money on energy this fall and winter. Check back with us for more hints and tips. As always, give us a call if you need air conditioning services like heater repair in San Antonio. What are some of your favorite ways to save energy?