Making your home a happy and healthy place for your family is a top priority – and a lot of that has to do with the temperature inside. Basic changes around the house and in the way you use your HVAC unit can greatly impact your energy use, air quality and comfort level. Use these 5 tips from the Weeks’ professionals to improve family home comfort by changing the way you use your HVAC unit.
1. Go 5 Degrees Higher Than You Think You Should
We suggest leaving the climate control system on while you are out and setting the thermometer around five degrees higher (in summer) than where you usually set it while at home. This still helps control the temperature, but ensures that when you get home the system doesn’t have to work overtime to cool down. If you turn off your AC completely in the summer, it has to work harder to achieve the preferred temperature – using a lot of electricity in the process. Keeping the system on all day might seem counterintuitive, but it will keep utility bills lower – and your family happier.
2. Fix Faulty Window Sealant
Making sure that windows are properly sealed helps to ensure the temperature inside stays comfortable. It also helps keep the indoor air quality at a healthy level. If you can feel drafts or see cracking around the caulking, it might help to reseal the windows. Basic DIY fixes include using caulking or elastic strips to cover worn or defective seals. You can also use draft stoppers in the winter for a short-term solution if there is not time to reseal properly.
3. Protect the Attic
Similar to fixing window drafts, protecting the attic is another essential part of keeping your home’s temperature consistent – and healthy. An attic can often be filled with airborne pathogens, especially one without a fan or system to move air. A fan can help keep the air circulated, but it can also help regulate the temperature. Another factor in keeping your home temperature comfortable and consistent is attic insulation. Consider adding a fan and insulation to your attic to ensure you maximize the heating and cooling in your home.
4. Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans can help maximize the heating and cooling that you receive from your HVAC. While a ceiling fan can’t change the temperature in a room, it can help the air feel cooler or warmer for those underneath. When the blade setting is counterclockwise, it pushes the cooler air down – making it feel cooler on your skin. This is a great way to maximize the air conditioning in the summer – allowing the homeowner to use the AC less. Most ceiling fans come with a setting that allows the blades to turn clockwise. When the blades move in the other direction, they are able to push the rising warm air back down into the room. Just like the cool air in summer, it ensures that the heated air is maximized – and that the HVAC is not used as much.
5. Call Weeks Service Co.
Another way to improve family home comfort is to call the HVAC experts at Weeks Service Company. We can inspect your unit for issues, then repair the problem or offer consultation on a replacement unit if needed. Call 281-738-1362 today!