On many days in the fall, you won’t need your HVAC system to keep your Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home comfortable. Just use simple tricks, like letting the sun warm rooms on cool days or wearing warm clothing when it’s chilly. You can save energy on other days and extend your system’s life by using ceiling fans, looking for leaks, and maintaining your HVAC system.
Using Ceiling Fans
You can use a ceiling fan instead of your air conditioner to stay cool on warm fall days. When it gets colder outside, change your ceiling fans from counterclockwise to clockwise. That way, they can push hot air near the ceiling towards the walls and floor and make your rooms feel warmer instead of creating a cooling breeze. To change the direction of your ceiling fan, safely climb a ladder or stepladder to reach the small switch in the middle of the fan. Using ceiling fans can lower your utility bill if used in place of your HVAC system on milder days.
Looking for Leaks
Insulation helps keep your home comfortable in fall, but pests and bad weather can create gaps that waste energy. Some types of insulation also settle and become less effective over time. Before the weather gets too cold, check the insulation in your basement or attic for gaps or thin spots and replace any worn or damaged materials. Spray foam insulation is easy to apply, and it expands to fill small cracks and prevent heat loss. It doesn’t settle, and it’s not vulnerable to pests or moisture.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
Have your heater inspected by a professional before you start to use it in the fall. That way, you can make sure your heater works at peak efficiency and prevent inconvenient, uncomfortable breakdowns. You should change your HVAC system’s air filter at least every three months to save energy and keep your indoor air quality high.
Custom Aire is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with over 45 years of experience. We can help you save energy by installing, maintaining, and repairing a variety of HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at (215) 638-1800.