The fall season is here, and making your Opelika, Alabama, home more energy-efficient for winter temperatures is a worthwhile endeavor. Transitioning between the warm and colder months can be difficult while trying to maintain comfort. This can lead to much higher energy use than needed. If you want to maximize your energy use and enjoy lower utility bills during the late fall and winter months, follow the tips listed below.
Adjust Your Thermostat Program
When the temperature begins to drop in the evening, it can be tempting to simply crank up the heat in an attempt to warm the room up quickly. Unfortunately, this won't help your home heat up any faster and will make your HVAC system run less efficiently than it should. Instead, you should create a new fall program for your programmable thermostat. This will allow for more gradual heating and cooling, which will create greater efficiency while still keeping your home comfortable.
Make Your Lighting More Energy-Efficient
Lighting is an easy place to save a few bucks on your monthly utility bills. First, consider switching old, incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs). This type of lighting uses significantly less energy and also gives off less heat. If you have outdoor lighting, consider putting it on a timer or adding a motion sensor so that it's used only when needed.
Schedule Your Fall HVAC Maintenance
One of the best ways to keep your energy costs down is by ensuring that your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible. Regular maintenance can improve your unit's performance as well as lower your risk of a breakdown. During a maintenance visit, an HVAC technician will clean all of your system's components and check for airflow issues. They will also check for wear and tear on parts to address any small problems, preventing them from becoming larger ones.
Are you looking to save energy this fall and into winter? Contact Sensigreen Mechanical at (334) 366-9237 to schedule your fall HVAC maintenance. We can help you get your system running efficiently this season.
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