Depending on where you live, fall can mean warm days and cool nights. This also happens to be the temperature pattern most people desire for their indoor living quarters. Keeping your windows open this fall might save you some money on the energy bill, but consider some things first.
What is the temperature at night and day? Make note of this for at least three days so you can get an average temperature.
If it seems too hot during the day, keep your windows and curtains closed to keep your home comfortable.
Do you live in a humid climate? If so, you’ll want to watch how long you keep your windows open. Bringing humidity into your house can make it seem hotter than it really is, aside from providing a home for bacteria and mold growth.
If no one is home during the day, perhaps that’s not your concern. The night however, is a good time for the house to be a little cooler. Does the outside temperature cater to that? If so, don’t be afraid to open a few windows, and close them before you leave the next day.
If the temperatures outside don’t fit your liking, it might be too early. Keep your eye on the numbers to see when you can take advantage of the outdoor temperatures so you can give your air conditioner a break just before you have to crank up the furnace. Even if it’s just for a few days you’ll see the difference on your electric bill.
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Making Cents of Energy is written & published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling
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