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Cold Weather Energy Saving Tips

Barney in Fall Leaves

With cooler weather just around the corner, you may be wondering how to best prepare your home to save energy (and money) when the temperature drops. When it comes to conserving energy in the colder months, a little bit of preparation goes a long way. Here are five tips that could save you money on your energy bills this fall and winter.

1) Keep Leaves and Debris Away from Outside AC Unit
Since we have officially entered autumn, soon and inevitably, the leaves will begin to fall. Make sure to keep your outdoor condensing coil free and clear of any leaves, branches or other debris that may accumulate on or around it.

2) Change Air Filters Regularly
This one is a given all year round, but it does bear repeating that changing air filters every 4 to 6 weeks can greatly improve the air quality of your heating and cooling system. There is a good selection of air filters that offer greater filtration and longer service life.

3) Weatherize Your Home
The second law of thermodynamics says, in the simplest terms, that warm air moves toward colder air. Cracks and gaps around the door frames in your home allow that nice toasty heat to seep out, as it is drawn toward the colder outdoor environment. Sealing your doors all around with new weatherstripping is a relatively cheap and easy way to keep the heat inside, where it belongs.

If you are looking to have your home's energy efficiency evaluated and updated on a larger scale, however, you may want to contact a professional weatherization company. These companies specialize in evaluating and pinpointing areas where your home's energy efficiency can be improved. For example, by use of infrared imaging, it may be determined that you need to have additional insulation for the attic and/or have certain structural infiltrations sealed.

4) Install and Utilize a Programmable Thermostat
All homes, no matter how well-insulated, have some degree of porosity, otherwise you would only have to heat your home one time and it would always retain that heat. But we know that's not the case in the real world. Our houses constantly lose heat in the winter months to the outside environment. With a programmable thermostat, you can program it to automatically adjust your home's temperature to a lower setting throughout the day while everyone is at work or school, then bring the set point back up to a comfortable temperature sometime before you return home. If you're concerned about the lower temperature and your pets, most of our furry family members prefer a cooler environment anyway... except for maybe, a Chihuahua, like Barney. Then there's always the doggie sweater!

5) Get HVAC Tune-Ups Twice a Year - Fall and Spring
Just like a check-up at the doctor's office is good for your body's health, a bi-annual HVAC tune-up is good for the health of your heat pump. We recommend a thorough preventative maintenance check on your AC unit once in spring, before the major heat of summer, and once in fall, before the onset of the winter chill. To see more details about our preventative maintenance program, click here: Maintenance.

Of course, Chaffee Air is always here for any questions or concerns you may have about the upkeep of your heating and air system. Whether you need a tune-up or are ready to upgrade your old heat pump with a new heating system installation, our experts can help you make the best decision for your home's air conditioning. Call on us today!