There are a number of things you can do to make sure your HVAC system is working well and delivering the best service possible. These are for the most part simple changes, but together, can really make a big difference in making sure your home stays comfortable all year long.
For your home’s cooling system, one thing you can do is to set the thermostat at a higher temperature, but one that is still comfortable. This will reduce its workload, extending the life of the system, and save money as well.
Look at the attic to see if there is enough ventilation. This will prevent heat from building up. If you need to improve the flow of air, look into adding some vents. When it comes time to install a new roof, choose lighter colored shingles that reflect the light and heat more. Don’t put on the air conditioner as soon as the temperature rises a little. You can open a window instead or turn on a fan. During the afternoon, when the heat is most intense, draw the blinds or curtains to block sunlight and cool things off a bit.
Another way to keep the heat out is to put awnings over windows that are exposed to direct sunlight. And watch where you put things such as TVs, lamps or other electronics that give off heat. If you put them near the thermostat, it may cause the air conditioning system to cool the house too much.
To help maintain your heating system, make sure the thermostat is away from doors or windows. During colder weather, set the thermostat as low as you can while still maintaining comfort. This will reduce the work load on the system. Every degree above 68 degrees can add three percent to the amount of energy that is needed to heat the house.
If you are expecting a group of people at your house, lower the thermostat a degree or two because all of the people will generate more warmth.
It is also important to make sure your home is well insulated. This is the most important thing that you can do to conserve energy. According to experts, you should place 10 inches of insulation for ceilings and 3.4 inches for exterior walls and floors.
You should also look for places where outside air can get into your home (windows and exterior doors) and seal those areas with caulking or weather stripping.
Want to make sure your home’s HVAC system is in top-notch shape the coming year? Call us here at Rescue Air Heating and Cooling at (972) 201-3253. Don’t forget to ask us about our monthly membership service.