Extreme weather can cause the temperatures in our homes to fluctuate several times in a day. Hot and humid days cause you to sweat and blast your AC. Wintery weather can make your home feel like an ice box. Plus, when we transition from one season to another, it can be hard to tell whether you need air conditioning or heat!
If you aren’t able to keep the temperature under control, then your home can become a point of stress in your life rather than a place of comfort. Luckily, the Willard team specializes in home comfort, and our years of experience has granted us some tips and tricks for homeowners. Refer to the following list whenever you feel like your home is actually a tropical rainforest or an icy tundra rather than a home.
Program your thermostat.
In addition to lowering your energy bill, programming your thermostat is a great way to instantly make your home more comfortable. With the advancements in thermostat technology, you can schedule exactly when you need your home cooler or warmer throughout the day.
The first thing to do is to make sure the date and time on your thermostat is correct. You might want your home to be cooler during the day and warmer at night or vice versa, depending on the time of year! You can set the temperature to be a bit warmer for when you first get out of bed or make your home cooler right at the hottest point of the day, which in North Texas is around 3pm.
Just choose the time you want the temperature to change and set the perfect temp for that occasion. Homeowners often don’t want their AC blasting when they are away at work or early in the morning when it’s not needed! It all depends on your preferences!
Filter your window light.
What would summer be without the sun shining on a clear day? Sunlight can be great when it’s time for some fun in the sun, but once you’re indoors, it can actually increase your home’s temperature by several degrees. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 76% of sunlight enters windows in the form of heat.
The easiest way to prevent temps from soaring and making everyone sweaty is by closing your blinds. Depending on the size and location of your windows, there might be a certain period of time when your home gets the most sunlight. If you notice the sunlight is getting too intense, you can close your blinds or install window screens, which will reflect the heat while letting in the light.
Make use of insulation.
Insulation isn’t just for your air ducts. While keeping your ducts properly insulated can ensure your home cools more efficiently, you can also use insulation around your windows as an additional measure of temperature control. With insulation, you can keep the heat out during warm weather and retain it during the cold season.
Ensure your HVAC system is sized properly.
One of the most important things your HVAC technician should do during an installation is ensure your system is the appropriate size for your home. Depending on how large your home is and how many zones require heating and cooling, your Willard tech will recommend a system that perfectly meets your home’s needs.
It can be a challenge to keep your energy bill down with a system that’s too large or too small, let alone trying to control the temperature in each room. A common way to tell that your AC isn’t the right size for your space is if the system cycles on and off frequently. Once the system is zoned for your house, the temperature in each room won’t fluctuate as often.
Maintain your system.
You can’t expect your car to keep running forever without an oil change or transmission maintenance. The same goes for your HVAC system! In order to keep your AC and furnace running efficiently, preventative maintenance is necessary. An efficient system means you can easily control the temperature with just the touch of a button.
Willard is dedicated to equipping you with everything you need to experience absolute comfort. You can call our experts for HVAC tune-ups or installations of any smart comfort thermostats. Our team will take care of everything.