Fall into energy savings.
Temperatures and leaves are falling. Why not your energy bills? As we drag our coats and sweaters out of storage and settle in for the coming winter months, we’ve got some tips to get your home ready to battle the elements and keep your heating costs low.
10 Fall Home Energy Tips
1. Get an Energy Assessment: Get a comprehensive home energy assessment performed by a Building Performance Institute certified auditor. You will receive a prioritized list of where and how you can get the biggest bang for your buck in energy savings. Bonus: they do a health and safety check that protects homeowners from hidden hazards such as gas leaks, carbon monoxide and excess moisture. Learn more about home energy assessments.
2. Have your HVAC system serviced for the upcoming heating season.
3. Ensure that all gutters and downspouts are secure, clean, in good working order to control run off and divert excess water away from the house.
4. Check the exterior for signs of wear and tear: sealants failing, refrigerant line insulation at the heat pump/AC is degraded and needs replacement, bushes are too close to the heat pump/AC or too close to the house and need a trim.
5. Seal up and insulate whole house fans that may have been left open for the summer and no longer need to be used.
6. Evaluate the condition of all masonry chimneys and metal flues for servicing and/or repair before the heavy use begins.
7. Purchase a humidity gauge in order to monitor humidity levels in your home which should range between 30-50%.
8. Consider employing insulated blinds for fall and winter nights. Boxed valances with heavy curtains work well too.
9. Ensure existing weather-stripping on windows and doors is in place, has been flexed out or has been conditioned with silicone, Armor All or a similar product.
10. Consider weather-stripping interior sets of doors to create air locks or weather-stripping and insulating garage doors to create buffer spaces.