With the weather hitting the 50’s and 60’s in the Treasure Valley, it’s safe to assume spring is on its way. This also means the furnace will be needed less, lowering energy bills and making homeowners happy. To maximize energy savings this fall, try these tips:
- Open the windows
If it’s between 50 and 90 degrees outside, turn off the heating and cooling system. Open the windows and let in the warmth. This can be a great way to let the home stay a neutral temperature naturally. Obviously people might think 50 is too chilly and 90 is way too warm, so it will depend on their preferred temperature. Keeping the house a comfortable temperature doesn’t mean the HVAC system needs to be running constantly.
- Reset the ceiling fan
Many ceiling fans have switches to change the direction of the blades. During winter, the ceiling fan is supposed to turn clockwise. When warmer weather hits, it’s time to hit the switch so it begins to run counterclockwise. This way the air will blow straight down. Ceiling fans use less energy than an air conditioner, and they can help avoid turning it on for a little longer.
- Take advantage of natural lighting
With the sun shining a little more often, open the curtains and blinds to let the natural light in. Not only will it help warm up the house naturally, it will minimize the need to turn on lights during the daytime. Both of these things will help reduce the energy bill.
- Do chores later
When it starts to cool off in the evening is the perfect time to do dishes and laundry. These household tasks help to heat up the home, making the furnace work a little less in the evening. If this prevents even one furnace cycle, that’s money saved.
Enjoy the warmer weather and a lower energy bill this spring. It’s also a good time to have the air conditioner serviced for its yearly AC maintenance. By getting the air conditioner serviced early in the spring, Diamond Heating and Cooling can make sure everything is in working order before the summer heat begins.