As the temperature outside transitions from the scorching heat of West Texas summers to the chilly fall weather we love to enjoy, there are specific steps that you should take to save energy and prepare your home for the icy-cold temperatures that await in the winter. We’ve outlined these steps below so that you can be fully prepared for this change in the seasons by taking the necessary measures to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient.
Adjust your Thermostat
Your thermostat has likely been set to a mild temperature all summer — usually around 68-72 degrees. During the summer, it’s wise to have the AC set to “cool” and “auto” so that your system on kicks on when needed to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. As you transition to the colder months in the fall, it’s a good idea to monitor the weather and only use heating and air conditioning if necessary. Take advantage of the mild temperature outside and turn your system off if it’s cool enough to keep your home comfortable.
Reverse the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
When the weather starts getting colder, a lot of people don’t consider the direction that their ceiling fans are spinning. While you want fans to rotate counterclockwise in the summer so that they push down the cold air, in the fall and winter, it’s best to change the direction of your fans to clockwise- so they pull up cool air and push down the warm air that naturally settles near the ceiling.
Replace Air Filters
The transition between seasons is the perfect time to change your HVAC filters. Your air filters can be backed up with excess allergens and dirt particles, so regular changing of your filters is necessary to ensure proper airflow through your HVAC system. It’s possible to change air filters yourself, but if this is something you’re not comfortable with, call us at Lowery to help you out.
Take Advantage of the Sun’s Heat
As the seasons and weather outside start to change, the temperature inside your home will also become cooler. If it’s a little too chilly for your preference, consider opening the curtains and/or blinds to allow the sun to stream in and naturally heat your home. This can make the atmosphere more comfortable, but don’t forget to close them when the sun goes down to lock in the heat!
Check for Drafty Windows/Doors
Autumn in West Texas is the perfect opportunity to check your home for cracks, leaks, and drafts. Check your windows for gaps that could be letting air in (or out) of your home. This will prove useful when the cold temperatures of winter come around and you want the warm air in your home to stay. It’s also a good idea to check around your doors that lead outside — there could be gaps under them that are letting air escape. It might be necessary to add a weather strip to your door, and/or seal the gaps in your windows that could make your heater work overtime.
Check on your Heating System
The mild temperatures of fall create the best timing to get a checkup on your HVAC system. Before the temperatures get too frigid to bear, have a professional look things over to ensure that your system is ready to heat your home. It’s better to have it checked when temperatures are moderate so that you can avoid having a heat malfunction in the midst of winter. Call Lowery for a fall HVAC checkup!