As the cooler fall temperatures blow through St. Louis and the leaves change colors, there’s no better time to save more on your home energy costs. From keeping the registers open to strategically adjusting the thermostat, there are numerous ways how you can keep your cool this fall.

Open the Registers

If you don’t want to pay to cool your entire home, it’s tempting to closethe  registers in rooms that you don’t use very often. What you might not realize, however, is that this increases your cooling costs because your HVAC system must work harder. Open all your home’s registers, and remember to dust them periodically.

Replace the Air Filters

A new season calls for a fresh HVAC air filter. If it’s been more than three months since you last replaced your air filter, replace it immediately to improve your indoor air quality and help your HVAC system run more efficiently. To keep your HVAC costs as low as possible, we recommend switching out the air filter every month during periods of heavy usage.

Adjust the Thermostat

Even if you aren’t ready to switch over to the heat setting yet, double-check your thermostat. Set it around 78 degrees during times when the family is usually home, and program the thermostat to turn up the temperature 8 to 10 degrees while everyone is asleep or out of the house. Doing so can help you save up to 20 percent on your monthly air conditioning and heating costs.

Turn on the Ceiling Fans

Although summer is over, you shouldn’t stop using your ceiling fans. As the temperatures become mild enough to open the windows, ceiling fans can be useful for pushing fresh air throughout areas of your home. For maximum efficiency, only use the ceiling fan when you’re occupying the room.

Whether you need an emergency HVAC repair or energy efficiency tips, Averill Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Contact us at (314) 427-3825 to learn more about how we can optimize your home for maximum comfort this fall.

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