September 19, 2012 ● by Ben Hubbert
The arrival of fall over the next couple of weeks is a great time to make some energy-efficient changes around the home. Even better, it’s a great time to make some free or low-cost energy-efficient changes. Here are a few examples.
- Change out your light bulbs: Fall weather means you have to turn the lights on earlier in the evening. So why not switch out your light bulbs to efficient CFL or LED bulbs? There is a cost for this upgrade, but the energy-efficient bulbs pay for themselves in energy savings over the lifespan of the bulbs.
- Schedule a fall tune-up: Just like your car needs regular oil changes, your HVAC system needs regular maintenance. It’s recommended that happen once before the summer and again before winter. A tune-up keeps your system running smoothly and efficiently – and includes a carbon monoxide check in the fall.
- Check your air ducts: According to the National Comfort Institute, about 80% of homes have duct problems. The cooler weather means fall is a perfect time to head up to the attic and check out your ductwork. What should you look for? Kinks, holes, etc. Here are a couple of signs you may have duct problems: hot/cold spots in your home and dust on the top of your doors. If you notice an issue, Champion AC offers free air duct evaluations.