7 Tips for an Energy Efficient Home This Fall

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Tomorrow marks the official start of the fall season, and temperatures are only going to get cooler, which means there are a few things you should consider doing to your home to make it more energy efficient this time of year:

Check Your Insulation

Insulation plays an important role in keeping your home warm once it starts to get cool outside. If you don’t have enough insulation, you’ll not only lose out on the warming benefits of the sun, you’ll also make your heater work harder to keep your house comfortable. Have a home improvement professional check your home’s insulation to make sure that you have the right amount and that it’s in good condition.

Replace Your HVAC Filter

Between the pollen in the spring and the grass in the summer, your HVAC filter has probably collected a lot of allergens, dust, and dirt. Start the season with a fresh filter to trap the allergens that fall brings and you’ll breathe easier.

Inspect Your Heater

Like we said in our last blog, it’s never too early to have your heater inspected and serviced, if need be. You don’t want to turn on your heater when you need it only to find that something is wrong with it. A malfunctioning heater can be costly when it comes to energy, so call up our Downingtown heating specialists and schedule a maintenance appointment today!

Turn Down Your Water Heater

Water heaters come in quite handy once the weather cools down, but you don’t need to have your heater’s thermostat turned all the way up to get hot water. We recommend lowering it to around 120 degrees Fahrenheit; you’ll still get hot water and you’ll save energy. (And bonus – you won’t have to worry about scalding your hands.)

Set Your Thermostat

We’re always telling our customers that lowering your thermostat when no one is home can help you save on your electric or gas bill. By turning the temperature down several degrees, you won’t waste energy heating an empty house and with today’s programmable thermostats, it’s easy to just set it and forget it.

Cover Drafty Windows

If your windows let in drafts, this situation only gets worse as the temperatures drop. While you’re using your heater to keep your home nice and warm, your windows will be letting in cold air and making your HVAC system work harder. To save energy, weatherize your windows by caulking or weatherstripping the frame or by using a film around the inside of the windows to prevent airflow.

Keep Your Flue Damper Closed

If you have a fireplace, make sure you keep your flue damper closed when you’re not having a fire; keeping it open lets warm air escape. Also, check the seal on your damper. If it’s worn or damaged, consider replacing it so that you can keep your home warm and save on energy.

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