Unlike many other places in the country, the late fall weather in New Orleans is pleasantly mild. Temperatures stay between 60 and 80 degrees, giving you a much-need break from the hot, humid weather of late summer and early autumn. Although your HVAC system isn’t working nearly as hard during this time of year, there are still things you can do to cut costs in your New Orleans, Louisiana, home. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Seal Leaks

Before the winter temperatures strike, one of the best things you can do to reduce energy costs is to seal leaks, holes, and gaps around your home. The biggest offenders of air leakage are usually in air ducts, around doors and windows, and in the attic of your home. Most of these are easily fixed with a tube of caulk, although air ducts are often tricky and require the help of a professional for the best results. When you’re done, you’ll have an airtight home that keeps the perfect temperature throughout the season.

Replace the Air Filter

Chances are your furnace will get a larger workload in late fall than your air conditioner, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore either one. It’s important that you change the air filter at least once every 30 days in your furnace, and once every 90 days in your air conditioner. This helps your HVAC system run more efficiently and helps cut energy costs and usage. Installation is remarkably simple and usually takes no more than a minute.

Set the Thermostat

Although you may find a certain temperature comfortable during the late fall, setting your thermostat to 68 degrees is ideal. Every time you turn up the thermostat another degree, you waste 3 percent on your energy bill. It only takes a few days or a week for your body to adjust to the new temperature, and using blankets to help stay warm is well worth the monetary benefit.

This fall, don’t spend extra money on your energy bill when you don’t have to. If you’re looking for a reliable company to help you with this process, call Bryans United Air Conditioning today at 504-208-2071.

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