It’s fall! And though it might not be as cold here in Tampa as it is for our northern friends, it can still get chilly in the mornings and evenings. As you embrace flannel shirts, scarves, and pumpkin-spice drinks, you’ll likely need to prep your home to make sure it is warm inside too!
Here are some ways to stay cozy and energy-efficient this fall from our team at Super Heat & Air.
Check Doors and Windows for Drafts
This is a great tip for year-round energy efficiency and comfort. Windows and doors can be a major source of air drafts and heat loss, and air sealing is a simple way to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home year-round and is quite inexpensive!
Caulk and seal any cracks and openings that you find between the doors and window frames in your home and weather-strip around the interior of the doors and window sashes as well.
Replace or Clean your Filter
To help prevent wear and tear on your HVAC system or furnace, it is important to replace your clean air filters. Dirty air filters will slow airflow and make your heater work harder to heat your home and can even lead to complete system failure if bad enough.
We recommend replacing your HVAC air filter every 30-60 days, and if you have a separate furnace that is only used a few months per season, we recommend changing or cleaning the filter every three months.
Lower the Temperature
Lowering the temperature by just a few degrees when you are away from your home or at night, can save you money during the cold seasons. A smart thermostat can automatically adjust the temperature of your home based on your habits and preferences; maintaining a cozy temperature when you are home, and automatically adjusting when no one is home to help save energy.
We recommend setting your thermostat to 68 degrees in the cooler months to save the most on your heating bill. If that seems too cold, get cozy with a sweater, socks, and a blanket!
Close Curtains or Blinds
Just like in the summertime when you close your curtains to keep out the heat, closing your curtains and blinds can help keep you cozy when it’s cold outside. However, opening them on sunny days will help keep rooms warm, just remember to close them at night to help prevent warm air loss overnight.
Circulate Air with Ceiling Fans
Keep the warm air circulating throughout your room with ceiling fans rotating clockwise. You can reverse the rotation of your ceiling fans with an easy flip of a switch on the side of your fan. This clockwise movement produces an updraft, moving warm air near your ceiling down to the rest of the room.
Seal Leaky Ductwork
If you experience cold or hot spots in your home, you may have leaky ductwork. Our team at Super Heat & Air can come out and inspect your ductwork to locate the leak and make repairs so you can stay cozy all season long.
Have a Heat Pump?
Set it and forget it. If you feel like you need more warmth in your home, try turning up the fan speed before turning up the thermostat.
Learn more> Should You Invest in a Heat Pump?
Maintain Your System
This time between summer and winter is a great time to have preventative maintenance performed on your HVAC system. This includes replacing air filters, having a tune-up performed, getting your ducts cleaned, and an overall inspection of your system.
Stay Cozy with Super Heat & Air
Create a cozy and energy-efficient home this fall and winter with your friends at Super Heat & Air! We will ensure that your system is running in optimal condition, clean your ducts, and install a new furnace or heat pump for your Tampa Bay home.
Stay cozy all season long! Call Super Heat & Air to schedule an appointment today— (813) 981-7631!