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Energy-Saving Tips to Add to Your Arsenal This Fall to Keep Your West Texas Home Comfy

Fall has finally arrived and now it's time to start saving money. Of course, you don't want to sacrifice your comfort level, which is why we've compiled a list of energy-saving tips to make it even easier:

  • Call for a tune-up - A list of energy-saving tips must start with suggesting an annual tune-up of the furnace by a licensed HVAC technician. The heating system uses quite a bit of power, and the more efficient it is, the less you'll pay each month. Plus, regular service can prolong its life span.
  • Switch to a programmable or WiFi thermostat - If your heating system is still controlled by a manual thermostat, you're losing out. Modern devices offer better accuracy and can be programmed with specific times and days to control when the heating system turns on and off. And if you go with a WiFi model, you can make changes to its settings anytime via an Internet connection.
  • Change the air filter - When the air filter gets dirty, the furnace works harder to maintain the desired temperature. This leads to energy waste, which you can avoid by changing the filter when it's dirty. As a general rule, check it once or twice a month and replace it accordingly.
  • Install a zoning system - Almost every household could benefit from the use of a zoning system, but this is especially true for those who live in a multi-story home or one with unusual rooms such as ones with large south-facing windows or high ceilings. With the use of a primary control unit and multiple thermostats, you can divide your home into zones and concentrate heating efforts only on those zones you designate, lightening the energy load on your furnace.
  • Keep it at 68 degrees - When you or someone else is at home, try to leave the thermostat set to 68 degrees. For most people, this is a comfortable temperature. Also remember that for every degree you lower the thermostat, you'll save approximately 2 percent of your energy costs.
  • Seal air leaks - Your home is full of air leaks, and it's nearly impossible to catch them all. Stick with the obvious ones, such as the edges around doors and windows. Seal these areas with caulk and weatherstripping to save energy.
  • Improve airflow - If air isn't flowing freely throughout your home, the furnace won't operate as efficiently. You can start by cleaning out vents and grilles. To accomplish this, simply remove each grill and either wipe out the dust or grab a vacuum cleaner. As an added bonus, the removal of dust will help improve indoor air quality.
  • Dial down the water heater temperature - Many homeowners set the water heater to its maximum setting, but all this does is improve your chances of being scalded. Turn it back to the medium setting instead and you'll never know the difference. And insulate the water heater with a blanket to prevent heat loss.
  • Limit yourself to full loads - Running the dishwasher or washing machine should only be done when you have a full load to avoid wasting water and the energy used to heat it. Plus, you'll save on electricity, too.
  • Only take showers - This is another way to reduce water and energy usage simultaneously. If you enjoy baths, this might be a little difficult but you'll benefit considerably. Just make sure your showers are limited to five minutes or less.
  • Use a humidifier - A great way to keep the thermostat set low without sacrificing your home's comfort level is to use a humidifier.
  • Change out old bulbs - Those incandescent bulbs that you've been using for years use a lot more energy than newer types like light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Making the switch is one of the energy-saving tips that you can follow right away.
  • Open up south-facing windows - You can benefit greatly from natural heating if you open up curtains and blinds covering south-facing windows. Simply close them at night to block the cold air.
  • Switch the direction of ceiling fans - Many people probably don't think about turning on ceiling fans during the fall. When the ceiling fan runs clockwise, warm air near the ceiling is pushed down, which will redistribute the heat and lessen how long heating equipment needs to run.

For more expert advice on energy-saving tips or any other home comfort issues, please contact us to find a West Texas contractor near you.

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