5 HVAC Tips to Help You Stay Comfy
Fall is approaching and the temperature’s dropping! Follow these five tips to stay comfortable this fall and winter.
- Update the Thermostat Settings
If you’ve yet to equip your home with a programmable thermostat, now’s the time to make the switch. As the outside temperature fluctuates, a thermostat that can automatically adapt to your comfort needs in the home will save you money in the long run, and won’t require you to constantly change the settings yourself.
- Keep Fresh Air Filters
Air filters have a lifespan of 30 to 90 days and should be replaced within that time frame. Starting off autumn with a fresh new filter isn’t a bad idea, especially since your A/C unit was likely in constant use during the summer. During the fall, keep an eye on the condition of your filter after 30 days. Blocked up filters will lower the efficiency of your HVAC unit and negatively impact your home’s overall indoor air quality.
- Do Some Landscaping Maintenance
It’s easy to forget about the outdoor portion of your HVAC unit, but it’s vital to make sure it remains unobstructed from debris: tall grass, shrubs, and trees. As a rule of thumb, keep at least two feet clear all around the unit to protect your investment and the indoor comfort of your home.
- Track Those Humidity Levels
Using fans to improve the ventilation in your home is a good way to distribute temperature-treated air from room to room while managing humidity levels. Too little humidity will overwork your HVAC system while too much produces challenges too. Talk to experts about installing whole-home dehumidifiers or humidifiers, depending on your needs.
- Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Twice-yearly maintenance is enough to ensure that your HVAC system keeps running efficiently and effectively. As the seasons switch gears, the fall is the perfect time to schedule one of these visits. During a visit, an HVAC technician will inspect the unit to make sure the individual parts are in working order and may also change the refrigerant or replace the air filter. Regular maintenance will catch issues before they become major problems and keep the unit performing at top capacity.