The leaves (and degrees) are finally falling — autumn is here! This is the perfect time to grab a blanket and a cup of hot cocoa, but it’s also a great time to prepare your home for the even colder weather that’s right around the corner. Here are some simple yet efficient tips that Window World TX has gathered to help you save energy this fall!
Check Your Windows
If you want to maximize comfort and efficiency during these chillier months, the best place to start is your windows! Many homeowners are unaware that your windows can transfer a significant amount of indoor heat to the outside through convection and conduction. In fact, according to energy.gov, heat loss through windows is responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use.
One way to reduce heat loss through your windows is by using thermal curtains. Unlike conventional curtains, thermal curtains are made of several layers of thermal resistance materials. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using curtains with thermal lining can reduce heat loss by up to 25 percent.
Although fall gives us a chance to take a break from the sun, you should still take advantage of the sun’s heat during the daytime! Remember to open your curtains and/or blinds to let in as much natural heat as possible. Once it’s nighttime, close them again to prevent any heat from escaping.
Are your windows on the older side? Are they becoming more difficult to operate? Or letting in uncomfortable drafts? Then it might be time to replace them altogether. There’s no better time than fall to consider window replacement as a way to prepare it for the winter months. Energy-efficient windows can help save you big bucks on your electric bill in the long run.
Check Your HVAC System
Fall is one of the best times to check if your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible. Scheduling a heater inspection and tune-up by a trustworthy HVAC professional will ensure your system isn’t wasting any more energy than it needs to. It might seem like a hassle, but it’s a worthy investment. According to the Energy Star program, nearly half the energy in your home goes to heating and cooling.
A few things you can do on your own to maximize your system’s efficiency is changing your heater’s filter. Also, if you have a wood- or pellet-burning heater, clean the vent as well as the inside of the appliance with a wire brush to avoid any fires.
Check Your Thermostat(s)
One of the best ways you can save energy is by investing in a smart thermostat. They differ from conventional thermostats in that they’re able to sense when you’ve left the room for the day and can adjust the temperature accordingly. They can also sense once you’ve come back, setting the temperature back to where it was before your left, which saves you money on your energy bill over time.
Another way to save energy is by simply turning down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting, which is around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. On the same token, using LED holiday lights will greatly reduce the expense of having your home nicely decorated.
Interested in installing new windows, doors or vinyl siding to help with your home’s efficiency? Contact Window World TX today! Whether you’re wondering if your windows need to be replaced or need help with smaller repairs, our offices in Corpus Christi and San Antonio would love to help!