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Cost Effective Tips for Fall & Winter

Posted on The Cooler Blog September 4, 2013 by Terry Jones

Summer is coming to a close and autumn is just around the corner. Although being in South Florida typically means summer all-year round (well almost), many regions across the US experience fall and winter. And it’s highly recommended to make sure to properly prepare your air conditioning unit and home for the upcoming change in seasons.

Set the Thermostat Properly
The key feature to an efficient operating A/C system comes from correctly setting the thermostat. Depending on the region you live in during fall, most people are comfortable with the thermostat off. A typical setting for keeping warm during the winter is 68 degrees. Remember that operating costs increase 3–8% for each degree raised. Make sure no heat-generating appliances are near your thermostat, like lamps, TVs, and computer equipment. These appliances can affect the setting of your thermostat and efficiency of the heating system.

Tune-Up Heating System Annually
A good solution to reducing or maintaining low expenses is to have annual service done to your heating system. Case studies show that homeowners having annual system service spend an average of $30 less each month because of increased efficiency. Lack of regular maintenance is the #1 cause of system breakdowns and costly repairs.

Keep the Air Filter Clean
You should always clean the filter on a monthly basis. It’s one of the best ways to keep your system operating efficiently. There are several types of air filters and possible locations for the air filter on your furnace. Even if you have mild allergies, it’s recommended that you look at a pleated allergy filter or a media or electronic-style air cleaner.

Keep Doors & Windows Closed
It’s a no-brainer; who wants endless leaves are snow blowing through their house? Close all doors and windows to the outside, as well as garage doors. It’s a good idea to add insulation to outside walls and the attic. Seal cracks and use storm doors and windows to prevent air leaks. During winter, let the sun in during the winter to reduce the load on your heating system.

Keep Vents & Grilles Unobstructed
It could be time for a change to your home’s interior layout. Arrange your furniture and drapes so that all output vents and intake grilles are free from blockage and obstructions. This will ensure that the heating load in the winter is reduced, letting your heating system operate more effectively.

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