Fall is in the air, which means Georgia home and business owners are starting to look for ways to stay warm. While cranking up the heating system is the obvious way to combat autumn temperatures, users must be mindful of their energy use. After all, you don’t want to blow your holiday budget on your energy bills, right?
At ACS, we offer top-quality heating services and exclusive industry insight to the Georgias who need it most. Our HVAC-certified technicians offer premium installation, repairs, and system replacements, making them the perfect resource for your HVAC decision-making this fall. If you have questions about saving energy in the colder months, we’re here to help. Below, we’ll share our top energy-saving tips for fall.
In this article, our HVAC experts share their best energy-saving tips for fall by exploring the following topics:
- Air filters
- Programmable thermostat
- Air leaks
- Solar heat
- Ceiling fans
- HVAC seasonal maintenance
Check Your Air Filters
Your fall energy roundup should begin with checking your air filters. This is one of the most straightforward steps toward better HVAC efficiency and can be done within minutes. Though it is a small component of your HVAC system, your air filter is crucial to system performance and energy efficiency. If your filter becomes clogged by dust, dirt, and other pollutants, your system will struggle to circulate warm air throughout your space. This results in significant energy waste. To minimize stress on your system, change your air filter every quarter or more frequently for households with pets or severe allergies.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat, or smart thermostat, is the ultimate energy saver. Eliminating the need for manual setup, these WiFi-enabled HVAC tools automatically set the indoor temperature based on your household’s heating habits and patterns. Whether that means turning the temperature down while everyone is asleep or cranking the heat on when you get home from work, a programmable thermostat will optimize energy efficiency by maintaining consistent, energy-smart temperature adjustments.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks are a common culprit of energy waste. These leaks occur when heat leaks out of your home through unsealed openings, typically found through windows, exterior doors, chimneys, unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets, etc. When this heat escapes, your HVAC system has to work overtime to maintain indoor temperatures, resulting in significant energy waste. To avoid this unnecessary energy consumption and save on utility bills, check your home for air leaks before temperatures drop. If you find one, use caulk, weatherstripping or spray form to seal them up, or call your local air specialist for more long-lasting leak solutions.
Utilize Curtains and Blinds
The sun can be super helpful for saving energy in the fall. One of the easiest ways to utilize solar heat is to open your curtains and drapes of south-facing windows. Doing so will help warm the room without you having to touch the thermostat. You can also utilize curtains and blinds at night, as closing them will reduce the chill from cold windows and add an extra layer of insulation.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
When it comes to seasonal energy savings, adjusting ceiling fans is one of the easiest tricks in the book. Changing your fan’s direction to run clockwise during cooler months reverses the direction of warm air. When fans run counterclockwise, warm air rises and circulates near the ceilings. However, when motors are switched, warm air is pushed back towards the floor, spreading more heat throughout your living space. This simple and effective trick is a foolproof way to reduce energy costs.
Schedule a System Tune-Up
Staying on top of your regular HVAC maintenance prepares your system for seasonal transitions. With a thorough tune-up, your HVAC unit will be able to perform its best in all different climates and minimize energy use while doing so. Ideally, home and business owners should schedule HVAC maintenance twice per year: once before fall/winter and once before spring/summer. At ACS, we offer comprehensive residential and commercial HVAC maintenance plans to ensure energy efficiency and peak system performance all year long.
HVAC Heating and Cooling with ACS
If you need furnace repair, replacement, or maintenance this fall, you can count on ACS to get the job done. With decades of valuable industry experience, our certified HVAC technicians promise nothing but the best! Connect with our team today for top-quality HVAC maintenance, repair, or installation in Covington, Milledgeville, and surrounding areas.