Ways to Keep Your Home Toasty This Fall
Fall offers cooling relief from summer’s brutal temperatures, but those cooler temps can make for uncomfortable conditions in your home. Even after you’ve changed the thermostat from cooling to heating, warm air can escape through cracks around the windows and the ducts. If you want to maximize your home’s heating system this fall, it’s a good idea to take preventative measures before the season sets in.
- Schedule an HVAC inspection.
All the do-it-yourself improvements in the world won’t help your heating system perform better if there’s a problem with your equipment. Before fall arrives, schedule an appointment with a pro. A professional can inspect for malfunctioning parts, clean out the system and give it a tuneup for maximum performance through the fall and winter months.
- Seal the ducts.
Your home loses most of its heat out the windows and through small leaks in the ducts. Give your home a once-over by sealing the edges around all the windows, plugging any openings around the exterior pipes and covering those small gaps in the ductwork. You can also use a spray-on foam to seal the conduit holes around your electrical box.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat is easy to install and helps you save money while keeping your home toasty. You can program it to run the heating system at a comfortable temperature while you’re at home and a fewer degrees lower while you’re away. By setting your thermostat a single degree lower for eight hours, you can save up to 5 percent on your heating and cooling costs for the year.
- Remove window units.
If you use an air conditioner in your window, remove it for the fall. Even if you’ve insulated the gaps between the air conditioner and the window, cooler air can make its way through the unit and into your home. You’ll prevent your heating system from running unnecessarily by taking out the unit and closing the window.
- Use a wall-mounted fireplace with a heater.
A wall-mounted fireplace not only adds ambiance to your room; it also provides cozy warmth during those cooler days and nights. In addition, it uses less energy to run compared to your home’s heating system. Instead of turning on the heating unit, use the electric fireplace on semi-cool days to knock the chill out of the air. When it turns colder, use the fireplace in combination with the main unit for added warmth and to reduce the strain on your heating system.
Ready to prepare your heating system for the fall? Contact Rapid Repair Experts to get started. With a quick tuneup and taking preventative measures around your house, you’ll stay toasty and comfortable throughout the fall and winter.