As we move from summer to fall, your heating and cooling needs start to change. You want to start thinking about switching from your AC and cooling efforts to your heating system. But in the meantime, there are still warm days ahead and in-between temperatures are common in Massachusetts. So how can you maximize the efficiency of both your heating and cooling systems in the days ahead? Here are five steps you can take – starting today.
As nice as it can be to have the AC blasting on a hot summer’s day, try not to make it a habit. By adjusting your thermostats a few degrees either way, you can allow your heating and cooling system to run more efficiently. Ultimately this means you spend less money and time on repair and maintenance down the road. Aim to set your thermostat slightly warmer than ideal in the summer months and slightly cooler in the winter months. You’ll be surprised at the difference this can make.
Clean and Change Filters in Heating and Cooling Systems
With time and use, debris and other material can clog up your filters. This can affect the way that air flows in and out. It can also mean that your heating and cooling systems have to work harder and expend more energy. A consistent routine of cleaning and replacing the filters for both your AC and heating units can produce better results in the long run.
Fresh Air When Possible
It’s not always possible, but when you can, crack open the windows and doors instead of running the AC. This is especially helpful during the late summer and early fall when temperatures drop and become more comfortable. Combine this tip with adjusting your thermostat and you can double your efforts at making sure everything runs smoothly! There’s no replacement for getting fresh air to circulate and cool down a room when possible. Even if you only incorporate this tip sporadically, you still can see the benefits of more efficient systems.
Give Heating and Cooling Systems a Break
Have you ever left the house for several days and left your AC or heat running? It’s a common mistake to make, but it can impact your energy bills as well as put more wear and tear on your systems. To keep your heating and cooling systems running smoothly, turn them off when you are out of the house. If you and your family are away at work and school all day, you don’t need to have your central AC unit or heating system kicking in! You can install a programmable thermostat to ensure you only use heat or AC when you need it.
Schedule a Service Visit
Want to make sure your heating and cooling systems are running smoothly and continue to do so season after season? Book a service visit with us at Alves Fuels if you haven’t done so already. Now is the time to check your AC unit after heavy usage in the summer months and to prepare your heating equipment for the work ahead of winter. Call (413) 589 – 0797 to schedule a service visit.