The changing seasons can be difficult on your home’s HVAC system and ultimately take a toll on your family’s comfort. If you find yourself struggling to maintain a consistent temperature indoors, take a look at these five tips to help you stay comfortable no matter the weather outside.
#1 Improve Your Insulation
Having the proper insulation can reduce your heating and cooling bills by as much as 20 percent. While damaged and worn insulation is a common household occurrence, homeowners are often unaware of their home’s insulating issues and ensuing energy inefficiency. Most specialists recommend checking for insulation damage or wear-and-tear at least once a year, and suggest replacing it every two to three years. When the time comes to replace your home’s insulation, consider upgrading from insulation rolls to a more cost-efficient blow-in insulation alternative.
#2 Seal Cracks Around Doors and Windows
The Department of Energy estimates that Americans spend nearly $35 billion a year on energy that is lost through inefficient doors and windows. Fortunately, you can upgrade these areas of your home with a little time and patience. Use sealant and a caulking gun to seal minor cracks around windows, and consider investing in a draft guard to prevent air from escaping through the gap between your door and floor.
#3 Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
A ceiling fan is one of the most important tools in your home when it comes to maintaining a consistent temperature. The direction your fan is set to spin can have quite a big impact on you and your family’s comfort. During winter months, ceiling fans should run clockwise on the lowest settings to pull cold air up and push warm air to the side and down.
#4 Keep Hot and Cold Beverages on Hand
Having a stocked supply of ice water during the summer and warm tea during the winter is one of the most cost-effective ways to stay comfortable. Drinking a beverage can actually change your body’s temperature in just moments, and it is also just a fraction of the cost of turning on fans, coolers, furnaces or heaters.
#5 Contact Complete Air Mechanical Today for Seasonal HVAC Maintenance
Finally, homeowners should schedule at least two annual HVAC service calls to keep air conditioners and furnaces running smoothly. Our team of friendly and experienced technicians are here to help solve your home’s temperature issues and serve any of your heating and cooling needs. Contact Complete Air Mechanical today to schedule your next HVAC service call.