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9 ways to stay comfortable this fall without cranking up the heat
The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp, and there’s a pumpkin spice latte on every corner. Fall is definitely in the air! Even though we love this time of year, it can be tricky to keep our homes comfortable without cranking up the heat. Here are 9 ways to stay comfortable this fall without breaking the bank.
Make sure your furnace is tuned up
If your furnace is more than 10 years old, it’s time for a furnace tune-up. An annual tune-up by our professional HVAC technicians can help keep your furnace running efficiently and prevent small problems from becoming big ones. And once you know your furnace is ready for winter, the thoughts of all the money you will save on your utility bill will definitely warm you up.
Change your filters regularly
Dirty filters restrict airflow and make your furnace work harder, which wastes energy and drives up your utility bills. Most filters should be changed every 1-3 months, but if you have pets or allergies, you may need to change them more often.
Install a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can help you save money by automatically turning down the heat when you’re not home and turning it back up when you are. You can also set it to keep the temperature comfortable while you’re sleeping without wasting energy heating an empty house.
Use ceiling fans and portable fans
Ceiling fans circulate warm air throughout the room and make it feel warmer than it actually is, so you can turn down the heat and save money. Portable fans are great for spot cooling and can be moved from room to room as needed. Just make sure they’re blowing the air toward the ceiling, not directly at you!
Keep windows and doors sealed
Drafts coming in from windows and doors can make your whole house feel cold, even if the thermostat is set to a comfortable temperature.
- Check for gaps around doors and windows
- Add weatherstripping or caulk as needed to seal up any holes.
Dress in layers
Wearing layers of clothing is a great way to stay comfortable without turning up the heat. Put on a cozy sweater or throw a blanket over your legs you can always take it off if you get too warm. T
Close off unused rooms
If you have rooms in your house that you don’t use very often, close the vents and doors to those rooms so that you’re not wasting energy heating them. You can also close off unused rooms by hanging a heavy curtain over the door.
Let in some sun
During the day, open up the curtains and let the sun shine in! The sun’s natural warmth will help take the chill off your house just make sure to close the curtains at night to keep the heat in.
Use a humidifier
Dry air can make it feel colder than it actually is, so using a humidifier in your home can help you feel more comfortable without turning up the heat. Just be sure to keep an eye on the humidity level too much moisture can lead to mold and mildew problems.
Now that we know how to stay comfortable this fall without cranking up the heat, it’s time to get started! Schedule your HVAC service today so you can be prepared for the cooler months ahead.