These Fall Home Maintenance Tasks Can Help You Save
Installing storm windows, raking leaves and cleaning gutters are the kind of tasks that most Macon, GA homeowners dread. If you aren’t looking forward to doing things around the house this fall, here’s another way to look at the situation. Everything you do now to prepare your home for the winter will repay you with increased efficiency and improved comfort. While you’re working, just think about all the money you’ll save on repair bills and energy costs.
Changing air filters is one of the easiest things that you can do. Clean filters improve efficiency and air quality. The Department of Energy estimates that clogged air filters increase utility costs anywhere from 5 to 15 percent. Filters are usually located behind the intake grille and in the furnace or air handler. Mark your calendar, and replace filters monthly throughout the heating season.
You can’t complete HVAC tune-ups yourself, but a professional can help you save money by improving efficiency and preventing premature repairs. Furnaces and boilers should be inspected and tuned annually. If you have a heat pump like many homeowners in central Georgia, it needs to be serviced too. At Conditioned Air, our professional technicians will check each part of your heating system from the thermostat to the burners and blowers. Before you call, check our website for special pre-season discounts on fall tune-ups and preventive services.
Sealing your home is the best way to reduce energy costs throughout the year. If you have storm windows, make sure they’re in good condition before installing them. To reduce drafts, purchase caulk and weather stripping to seal leaks around doors, windows, vents and pipes. Draft stoppers are also effective to prevent cold air from passing under doors or poorly sealed windows. Sealing all of these tiny cracks can cut your utility bills by 20 percent.
As the days grow shorter and cooler, you’ll need to adjust your thermostat settings. For optimal efficiency, keep your thermostat around 68 degrees. If you have an older heat pump, don’t set the temperature back at night or when you leave. Large temperature swings cause the electric resistance backup to run unnecessarily. If you’re unsure whether your heat pump is compatible with a programmable thermostat, we can let you know.
Investing a little time and money in fall maintenance is an effective, proven way to prevent emergency repairs and unexpected breakdowns while lowering your heating costs. Use the money you save to plan a winter vacation or purchase a present that everyone will appreciate. To get ahead of the seasonal rush, schedule a tune-up today.