The official end of summer is here. We’ll give you a minute to process that. With fall right around the corner, are you ready for sweater weather?
Well, don’t break out the hot chocolate mugs and cozy house shoes just yet; we’ve still got to get your house ready for fall. Here are some simple things you can do to help your energy usage “fall” and get ready for cooler weather.
Seal air leaks.
We know what you’re thinking: “They’re talking about sealing air leaks again?” Yes, we’ve mentioned it once or twice (or 100 times), but that’s because it’s so important. Sealing air leaks — from your duct work, doors, windows, or even in the gaps between your fireplace and mantle — keeps conditioned air inside where it belongs. We’re such big fans of sealing, we even offer a rebate for it!
Change your ceiling fan direction.
Did you switch your fans to go counterclockwise during the summer? Pat yourself on the back. Now, switch them to go clockwise for the fall and winter, and push warm air downward.
Give your heating system a check-up.
You won’t be needing your heater in September, which means it’s a great time to make sure it’s ready for winter. You do not want your heater to go down during true Oklahoma winter weather. Heating accounts for a big chunk of your energy usage, so do your future self a favor and schedule routine maintenance with an HVAC expert.
Replace your HVAC filters.
Make sure your HVAC is ready to go before you switch from cooling to heating, and replace your HVAC filters. A good rule of thumb is to replace your filters every three months (or once a season). You’ll keep your HVAC running strong all year long, and save yourself the headache and expense of replacing the entire unit.
Follow this simple weekend checklist and you’ll be well on your way to getting your home ready for cooler weather.