Have you noticed a change in the weather over the last few weeks? The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler and in many areas, fall colors are already making an annual show; scarlet reds, amber yellows, pumpkin orange, and a range of earth colors. These fall colors are a reminder that as we head into the season, we’ll want to cozy up by a fireplace, watching the flames flicker and embers glow.
For most of us, colder weather means much more time spent inside. That’s why you want to make sure your primary indoor living space is as pleasant and comfortable as possible. We all like variety and changing up your décor for the season is one way of renewing your space and adding some excitement. Your fireplace is your focal point, so don’t forget to include it in your seasonal decorations!
Another aspect of getting ready for Fall is to make sure your home air quality and heat is optimized. You don’t want to be concerned with stuffy air, cool drafts and the possibility of your heating system shutting down. And, you want to make sure everyone is warm and comfortable while keeping your energy bill down.
Here are 5 tips for helping you maximize your home heating comfort while minimizing your energy bill this Fall.
Inspect Your Furnace
Before Fall is in full swing you want to ensure that your heating system is ready to do its job for the next few seasons. There is nothing worse than finding out your primary heating source is broken on one of the coldest days of the year, especially if it could have been prevented.
While the weather is still nice, we recommend that you get your furnace inspected and, if necessary, tuned-up or replaced. This will help prevent an unexpected break down when you really need your heat to work and will eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and other similar dangers throughout the winter months, while your home is sealed up.
It may even reduce heating bills as regular maintenance and inspections help optimize your furnace’s performance.
You’re about to spend a lot of time inside and chances are you won’t be opening your doors for some fresh winter air. (At least not often)
That is why you want to ensure your air quality is up to par, before the winter begins.
To start, you will want to check your air filters and make sure they are clean. It will help protect your family from airborne particles that cause congestion and allergies and it will improve efficiency, increasing the amount of money that goes back into your wallet.
Warm Up Cold Spots
Drafts - many homes have them and the older your home, the worse they see to be. You know the one we mean. Maybe it is in your basement, or by the window in your bedroom. Wherever it may be, there is no reason you should have to deal with it all winter long.
Zone heating is a great way to warm up those areas, and an electric fireplace or heater can be one of the best options. Zone heaters will allow you to warm up your space without warming up your whole house and they are incredibly easy to install.
Zone heating is also a great solution for spaces that are not used as frequently during the winter. Seasonal rooms, workshops and recreational rooms to name a few. It will help you keep the space warm while you are using it without eating up energy all season long.
Seal Windows and Doors
Similar to above, ensuring that your windows and doors are properly sealed can help minimize drafts and keep your space warm. It will also help you minimize your energy bill by keeping heated air in your house.
If you are looking for an easy fix, window and door seal kits can be purchased at a local hardware store. These kits will allow you to seal off unused windows and doors throughout the winter and are easy to remove come the spring. If, however, you are looking for a long-term fix, you may want to look into installing new doors and windows. This will ensure that your home is tightly sealed, all year round.
Update Your Thermostat
Manual thermostats are truly a thing of the past.
With more and more homeowners looking for control and convenience in their everyday lives, Smart Thermostats are the perfect tool to give you better oversight and more confidence in your home heating system.
A Smart Thermostat not only allows you to control your home heating with more accuracy, it will help you save on energy.
Just recently, we launched our CONNEX Smart Thermostat (CST), which allows you to control any electric heater, no matter the brand. This thermostat is compatible with all of our CONNEX Controllers and, when used in combination with our Wi-Fi Multi-Zone Programmable Controller, can give you control of your home heating from anywhere in the world. CST is the perfect way for home owners to enjoy the convenience of control throughout the year! CTA to landing page?
By taking these 5 tips into consideration, you can help reduce your energy bill and maximize your home comfort.
Fall is a wonderful season. We hope you are able to get outside to enjoy the natural beauty of our parks and surrounding countryside, and bring home some inspiration to create a cozy living space for your family to enjoy.