Adjust the Temperature
With cooler weather is approaching, it's easier to regulate your home's temperature. Keep it at or below 68 degrees to prevent your HVAC system from overworking. Less strain on the system means lower energy consumption. When you're away, reduce the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees to save up to 10% on heating costs. Consider investing in a Smart Thermostat, which learns your habits to optimize savings.
Check for Drafts
Drafts that go unnoticed in the summer can be a problem in the winter. Before it gets too cold, inspect doors and windows for drafts that could lead to heat loss. Seal leaks to prevent heat from escaping and keep heating costs in check. Proper insulation also plays a crucial role in reducing heating and cooling expenses.
Replace HVAC Filters
Regularly clean or replace air filters and schedule annual HVAC system maintenance. A well-maintained system operates efficiently. Over time, air filters accumulate dust and debris, reducing airflow and increasing resistance. This puts strain on your system and makes it work harder. Check your filter monthly and change it when needed.
Perform a thorough cleaning by dusting key appliances in your home. Dust under your refrigerator, the front vent at the based and any exposed coils. Clean dust and grease from the kitchen hood and stove, and dust bathroom vent fan covers and light bulbs. A clean environment helps your appliances run efficiently.
Many electronic devices draw power even when turned off. Unplug chargers, appliances, and electronics when not in use. Alternatively, use smart power strips to completely cut off power, preventing energy wastage.