Fall brings cooler temperatures and reduced air conditioning needs, which means it is the ideal time to trim your Saraland, Alabama, household budget. Lower your cooling costs and save money throughout autumn with these three tips.

Adjust the Thermostat

When the hot, muggy summer temperatures start to fade away, the first thing you should do is check your thermostat. Set your programmable thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, and don’t forget to dial back the temperature by eight to ten degrees overnight and while you’re out during the day. Setting back your thermostat a few degrees might not seem like a big deal, but this simple step will help you save 10 percent on your heating and cooling costs over the course of the year.

Don’t have a programmable thermostat yet? At Air Specialty, we have a full range of programmable and smart thermostats that can help you save money all year long.

Make Use of the Ceiling Fans

On some cooler fall days, you might not need to spend money on air conditioning at all. Instead, stay comfortable by turning on the ceiling fans throughout your house.

Ceiling fans can’t lower the temperature, but they can make you feel cooler. In fact, with ceiling fans on, you can dial back your thermostat by four degrees, and you’ll still feel cool and comfortable. That’s because fans create a cooling windchill effect while keeping utility costs low.

Cover the Windows

It is hard to beat sunny fall days in Alabama, but letting the sun stream in through your windows can cost you. Sunshine causes heat gain, which can raise the temperature in your house and force your air conditioner to work harder.

Stay cool and give your air conditioner a break by covering your windows. Interior blinds can reduce heat gain by up to 45 percent, while outdoor awnings can reduce heat gain by an impressive to 77 percent.

From new thermostats to HVAC maintenance, our knowledgeable technicians are at your service. Call Air Specialty today at 251-545-3337 for all your heating and cooling needs.

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