Are you ready for fall?
As we head into September, it’s time to start preparing for sweater weather. What do you think? Are we in for a warm fall or a cold fall?
What to do in case of a warm fall…
For portions of the Midwest, fall 2016 was unusually warm. If we’re in store for the same conditions this fall, temperature swings can make setting your thermostat tricky. The days may call for the air conditioner while the evenings may make your home too chilly. The important thing to remember is to commit to the temperature you choose. Constant temperature fluctuations can result in more often on/off cycles, which can really drive up your utility bills.
An even better solution? Invest in a heat pump and a programmable thermostat. When you pair a heat pump with a gas furnace, you can use the most efficient method of heat for the temperature outside. Your heat pump works just like an air conditioner during the hot days, but can switch over to heat mode on chillier evenings. If you’ve paired it with a programmable thermostat, you can set additional comfort preferences based on your schedule. This can help you save money on utilities.
What to do in case of a cold fall…
The most important thing that people can do during the fall (especially those who experience colder falls and winters) is schedule preventative furnace maintenance. The sooner the better in the case with a cold fall. Fall preventative maintenance is crucial for not only your furnace’s overall lifespan, but how efficiently it runs when temperatures drop. During maintenance, your local HVAC contractor will be able to find small issues before they can turn into big problems.
Which would you prefer…a chillier fall? Or, a warmer fall?