Believe it or not, summer’s almost gone! Well, it’s already passed, officially, but here in Tampa it hardly feels that way. Even though fall has technically arrived, the heat is still going strong. The end of the summer season usually gives way to cooler fall weather, which will be here sooner or later.
Even if that might not be something to think about for a while, it’s still a good idea to know how to prepare your home for the cooler temperatures. By implementing a few handy energy-saving tips when the time comes, you can make sure your transition to the fall is seamless and easy.
Helping our neighbors live comfortably and efficiently is one of the many areas of emphasis we have here at Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric, and we feel that these tips will help you out. Put even one or two into practice, and you’ll watch your energy bills plummet while not sacrificing comfort!
Inspect Insulation (and Ducts)
When you begin cranking the thermostat up to higher settings in order to heat your home, you’re going to be changing things up on the air system. It’s been used to generating as much cool air as possible, so introducing a lot of hotter air all of a sudden can throw it off – as well as your ducts.
Before you begin asking the furnace to do some heavy lifting, have your ducts inspected as well as your insulation. The idea is to keep as much air as possible from leaking out of your air circulation – when that happens, you end up wasting a lot of money on air that doesn’t even reach you!
Close Your Blinds
This is one of the most cost-effective ways you can control the temperature in your home. Invest in some quality, reliable curtains, and you’ll be able to limit the amount of sunlight that creeps into your home.
In fact, some solid curtains in your home can create a savings of nearly 10 percent in your energy bills. If your home has a lot of windows that face the sun during the heat of the day, we couldn’t recommend a more effective but efficient solution.
Be Smart About Your Thermostat
We all know that your thermostat is going to get a lot of usage, regardless of the time of year. But simply cranking it way up or down is going to result in a lot of expensive energy bills. Instead, invest in a programmable – or smart – thermostat.
When you install one of these, you’ll be able to adjust when it sets the temperature to different levels – regardless of whether you’re home or not. For example, when everybody is away from the house in the middle of the day, you can set the temperature to be far higher or lower than you would comfortably choose to live in.
That saves you money. And all you’ve got to do is set the thermostat to return the temperature to a more ideal setting when you return home, and everyone’s happy.
Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric: Your Trusted Heating and Cooling Experts
Saving money doesn’t mean you have to be sacrificing quality and comfort. These energy-saving tips will grant you the freedom to keep living however you choose, and they won’t impede your home life at all.
Acree Plumbing, Air & Electric is the Tampa area’s most reliable heating and cooling service provider, and we’d be glad to help you maximize the efficiency in your home. Just drop us a line at 800-937-6736 and speak to one of our team members, and we’ll get right to work with you in no time at all!