During the fall, the days tend to start off cold and chilly and warm up as the day progresses. Here are two steps to implement this fall that will help you increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
#1: Change Out Your Air Filter
One of the easiest ways to make sure that you are being as efficient as possible with your heating system is by changing out your air filter. When your filter is dirty, it causes your heating and cooling system to invest more energy in order to keep your home at the right temperature.
You will come across various recommendations on when to change your air filter, from every month to twice a year, but in reality, you should change it when it gets dirty. How quickly your air filter gets dirty is going to vary depending on the quality of air where you live and how often you use your heating system. The best way to figure out how often your air filter needs to be changed is to check it every two weeks and see how dirty it is; when the filter is visibly covered in particulars, it is time to change the filter.
Write down how many weeks the filter lasted until it needed to be changed, and with the next filter, use that information to gauge when to change it again. For example, if you discover that your filter is dirty after eight weeks, with your next filter, check it at eight weeks to see if it needs to be changed. This will help you develop your own schedule for changing the air filter.
#2: Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
The second thing you need to do is invest in a programmable thermostat for your home. During the fall, it can get really cold at night, which is why you should set your thermostat to maintain your house at room temperature by allowing the heater to kick on at night. During the day in the fall, it can get quite warm during the day, which is why it is helpful to have your thermostat set at the temperature you find comfortable for your house so that air conditioning can kick on if necessary.
A programmable thermostat can be beneficial throughout the year as well, as it allows you to determine when you want your heating and cooling system to kick on and off, even when you are not home.
When installing a programmable thermostat, choose an interior wall that does not get hit by sunlight or exposed to any drafts; both of these can affect the thermostat's ability to accurately determine the temperature within your home. For more information, talk to an HVAC company such as Metro Air.