The days are getting shorter, leaves are beginning to fall and summer is officially over. Before settling in for the season, there are many ways we can look around our homes and ensure that everything is ready for the colder months ahead.
Here are some great eco-friendly tips for Fall:
- Have your furnace inspected and cleaned.
- Replace air filters
- Clean your fireplace, to ensure maximum efficiency
- Install a programmable thermostat
- Ensure that all vents, baseboard heaters, and registers are free of obstructions so the air moves freely.
- Open the blinds during the day to attract warmth. Close them at night to retain the warmth.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan. The fan should run clockwise so that is pushes the air up against the ceiling and down the walls to gently recirculate the warm air.
- Check windows for air leaks and replace the caulking, if needed.
- Ensure weather stripping around doors is in good condition and replace, as needed.
- Don’t overfill your refrigerator as the cool air can circulate more easily with fewer obstacles.
- Clean the ducts and area behind the dryer
- Bring out your blankets, sweaters, and socks so you can snuggle up rather than raise your thermostat.
- Add a blanket to your bedding to keep you warm during the cooler nights.
- Clean your roof gutters and make sure downspouts are pointed away from the house.
- Reduce your house temperature one degree at a time to help lower the energy used in heating your home.
- Insulate your water heater and pipes. Turn the temperature on your water heater down to 120 degrees.
- Shorten your shower times and install a low-flow showerhead to lessen water used and the energy to heat the water.
Now that your home is ready for the fall you can cuddle up, relax and enjoy the beauty of the season!