As we roll into October and the ensuing chillier months, we all want to keep our homes on the warmer side and our financial stresses on the cooler side. Of course, as the summer heat begins to subside, we’re presented with more opportunities to lay off the thermostat and keep our energy bills low, meaning it’s actually easier to save money than you might think.
For instance, one easy to way to make sure you’re not spending too much money during the fall season is to simply keep it cooler in your home at night. Not only will this keep your heater from running at inopportune and costly times but, as Jacksonville itself cools down, you’ll gradually be able to let nature do the work for you once the sun goes down. This way, you don’t have to touch the thermostat at all—your energy bill can simply dip with the forecasted low for the day.
In this same train of thought, be sure to take advantage of nature’s strengths during the daytime, too. Rather than raising the temperature in your house and pushing your HVAC unit to work throughout the day, throw back your drapes and open your blinds. The streaming sunlight will warm your house on its own and, again, you didn’t have to lift a finger or drop a dime in order to make it happen.
What will take a little more effort and attention, however, is checking your home for leaky ducts and weak insulation. Add weatherstripping seals and caulk to the edges around windows to prevent unwanted chilly air from seeping in or the coveted warm air from leaking out. Also check in on your ducts, as an ineffective duct system will cripple your HVAC system’s ability to function properly and can lead it to overwork itself and use more energy. Additionally, other “air leaks” around your home, such as around pipes or chimneys, will likely lead to a colder home, a higher set temperature, and therefore a higher bill.
Last but not least, it’s vital to have any HVAC maintenance performed prior to the start of the season. Ensuring that your HVAC unit is in working order and functioning efficiently is one of the simplest and most important ways you can save money during the fall, and Bold City Heating and Air is here to help you keep your bill down. Don’t be left out in the cold—call us today to schedule an appointment and experience the bold difference!