Fall brings beautiful colors and bountiful harvests across the state of Virginia, but it also brings cooler temperatures and a transition to from air conditioning to your heating system. Most Virginia residents will see a dramatic spike in their utility bills when they begin heating their home and buckling down for the long winter. However, taking proactive steps to prepare your home for the cooler weather can help you avoid the dramatic spike in energy costs that come with heating. Here are some quick and easy tips to get you started:
- Have your heating system professionally serviced before you begin running it. When it comes time to turn it on, make sure you change or clean filters once a month.
- Start sealing air leaks! Take the time to caulk and weather strip cracks and open spaces that cause cold drafts during the winter. Additionally, you may want to think about adding insulation to your attic and basement if you don’t already have it.
- Open your window shades to take advantage of natural heat from the sun. This will allow you to run your heating system less frequently during the day.
To learn more about ways to prepare your home for cooler weather, visit our Energy Saving Tips for Homeowners page.