This weekend, we celebrate Labor Day weekend. Campers are being packed away, kids are headed back to school, and soon the hot summer temperatures will turn into the cool crisp feeling of fall. In Minnesota, we know that the change of seasons also brings a change in temperatures. Many of us plan and prepare for the upcoming season so that our family and home is ready.
Here are a few tips that will help you be energy efficient with your cooling needs now, and next cooling season:
Use your ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are great to use all year long, but especially in between the heating and cooling seasons to help moderate temperatures. Here are some more tips to increase your home’s autumn air flow.
Close curtains and/or blinds
Once you decide to turn you’re A/C off for the season, you may find that the warmth of the sun can really heat up a room. Keep the blinds or curtains shut during peak hours to maintain cooler temps.
Keep your air conditioner clear
As the leaves fall and the autumn wind blows, you may find that leaves, twigs, or debris get stuck around your air conditioning unit. Make sure it is clean and clear of bulky bushes or shrubs that may cause obstructions.
Change your air filter
When you change your air filter frequently, your A/C unit will run more efficiently, decreasing your cooling costs, and minimizing maintenance problems down the road.
The heating season is not far off. If you have been putting off getting your furnace repaired or replaced, consider doing it now instead of when you are forced to in the dead of the winter. A routine annual maintenance plan for your furnace and/or air conditioner will keep the unit running in optimum efficiency year after year.
Now you have an idea of what you need to do to keep cool and save money as we move into the autumn season. By using simple solutions like ceiling fans and curtains, as well as proactively thinking ahead to the next cooling season, you will be set for a great Minnesota autumn and the return of the next summer’s cooling season.