Now that fall is here, you might find yourself not needing to turn on your air conditioner as much as you did in the summer. However, the temperatures are not yet cold enough to warrant the heat. So how do you keep your home environment comfortable when temperatures are in between? You can use the tips below to help you control temperatures in the fall.
Maintaining a Comfortable Home Environment in Fall
What do you do when the weather is not hot enough for air conditioning, but not yet cold enough for heat? Here are some tips for maintaining a comfortable home environment in the fall when you plan on using your air conditioning less.
Adjust temperature on your programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat can help you control temperatures when you are not at home, reducing energy waste and saving on electricity costs. Use a programmable thermostat to turn the temperature up when you are not home. Since outdoor temperatures are typically more moderate in fall, it will not take you long to cool your unit back down when you return. This can help you save energy by not keeping your AC running while you are away.
Turn on your fans to keep air circulating in the room.
Fans are not meant to replace your HVAC system as they only circulate the air in the room, not cool it down. However, if you are going to be using your air conditioning unit less given the more moderate climate, it is important to still circulate the air in the room to help regulate temperature, reduce the build-up of allergens, and control moisture.
Improve your insulation.
Proper insulation keeps the temperature in your home consistent while keeping humidity out. Make sure that your home is well-insulated for better temperature control of your indoor environment. Not only will this help you use your HVAC unit less in fall, but it will also help you make your system run more efficiently in winter by preventing heat loss when you use your heater.
Open your windows to let some fresh air in.
If you find yourself enjoying the outdoor temperatures, why not bring a little fresh air into your home? Open up some of your windows to enjoy the breeze. Turning on your fan can help better circulate the air in the room, but make sure that you are monitoring humidity levels and you close your windows before leaving the house.
Make use of drapes or curtains to control heat from the sun.
Even if the temperature outside is comfortable, the heat from the sun can heat up your home environment and cause you to reach for the thermostat. You can help control this heat by using drapes or curtains to keep the sun out. This is a relatively inexpensive way to help regulate temperatures within your home without turning on the AC.
Even if you are using your HVAC system less in the fall, it is still important to continue with regularly scheduled maintenance. If your unit needs a tune-up or you need help getting your system ready for winter, don’t hesitate to give us a call.