Autumn doesn’t just mean leaves change colors and pumpkin spice suddenly becomes in vogue. It also means relief from the sweltering Texan summer. Cooler temperatures mean homeowners can finally stop running their air conditioning unit all day, and maybe even think about turning the heat on.
Here are our five tips to help you manage your HVAC system as we transition into a new season – and even save you some money in the process.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
When seasons change and temperatures fluctuate, it can be hard to set up your home’s heating and cooling. It’s even harder to gauge maximum efficiency – which affects your bill. When you’re gone temperatures can shift drastically from your thermostat’s setting. A smart thermostat can mitigate these problems by regulating heating and cooling while you’re away, so please consider an upgrade.
Location is Everything
You wouldn’t think something as innocuous as the location of your thermostat could lose you money, but you’re wrong. If it’s located somewhere that the temperature might vary significantly compared to the rest of your house, e.g. a window, your cooling or heating may be coming on more often than it needs to. Experienced air conditioning and heating professionals like ourselves can help you determine if your thermostat is in an ideal location.
Fans Can Help
As temperatures fall, running your ceiling fans may be the last thing on your mind, but hear us out! If you run your ceiling fans in reverse, it helps circulate the warm air from your heating system. That means you get more heat out of a lower setting, and that means saving money on heating costs. Who would have thought?
Change Your A/C Filters
Changing your filters regularly can save you money in the long run. As particles collect on the filter, your A/C has to work harder and harder to heat your home. You’ll want to change filters at least once a year, and the transition to cooler temperatures is a perfect time. Smaller filters will need to be changed more often. Our experienced heating system professionals at Walker Air • Plumbing • Electric can offer guidelines.