Colorful autumn leaves preparing to fall with blue sky background.

Post-season baseball, resetting the clocks, watching Florida-Georgia & other great college football games, being bombarded with all of the holiday advertising, designing your family’s holiday card…it seems that we are finally leaving the dog days of summer and are entering fall!

The changing of the seasons from the summer to autumn generally affects Floridians a bit differently than it does for other Americans. We may not get the extreme, consistent cold temperatures or snow here in the Sunshine State. However, the months from October to March does feature cooler temperatures and drier air. These are certainly issues that could affect the performance of your HVAC system and must be addressed in order to ensure maximum home or business energy savings. With this in mind, we have put together a list of tips that you can utilize to ensure maximum energy savings throughout the fall and winter months.

Woman adjusting thermostat heater as temperatures cool.

Adjust your thermostat

Having to change your clocks is the perfect reminder for adjusting the settings on your thermostat. When you are asleep or out of the house, you’ll want to turn your thermostat back up to 15° for those hours. Over time, this can save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills, according to energy.gov. Hint, a new and user-friendly thermostat can make it easy to adjust your thermostat’s settings.

Try running your heater

It has probably been several months since you’ve had to use your heater. That’s why you should go ahead and run it. If you’re heat doesn’t come on at all, you have a problem. If your heater works, but you think it smells like something is burning – everything is ok! It’s normal and the smell will quickly go away.

Replace your AC filter

You want to replace your AC filters regularly. This is the easiest chore you can perform in attempting to maintain your HVAC system. We recommend at least checking your AC filters once a month to see if they need to be changed. By doing this on a regular basis, your energy bills could easily be reduced by 5%.

Sunny window with blinds open taking advantage of heat from the sun.

Take advantage of heat from the sun

Do you have south-facing windows? If so, keep your curtains open during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home. Consequently, keep these curtains drawn at night to reduce the chill you may feel from drafty windows.

Schedule a service for your HVAC system

If you haven’t done so already, Energy.gov recommends that homeowners, “Schedule service for your heating system. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.” At Direct Air Conditioning, our fleet of friendly and knowledgeable experts are able to work with industry-leading products to help our customers with all of their air conditioning and heating needs. We have been servicing the South Florida residents and businesses for over 15 years. Call Direct AC today on (786) 422-5559 and schedule a service for your HVAC system in preparation for the quickly approaching fall and winter seasons!