It is that time of year again.
It is freezing in the morning, but when you leave the office for lunch, you are sweating. One day you are wearing a sweater and jeans, the next, you are wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Spring weather is tough to predict. Is it going to come in like a lion and out like a lamb? Or the other way around?
At Minnick’s we know how much frustration this can cause when setting your thermostat.
How do you prepare your home from the effects of the weather’s indecisiveness? Open the windows? Bundle up? Or maybe, you just need to visit your thermostat a few times a day.
The comfort of home matters to all of us. After all, most people spend around 90% of their time indoors. Your home should be your escape from the weather and should be comfortable 24/7 – and that’s why we wrote this article on home comfort.
There are three steps you can take to handle these temperature mood swings.
1. Set Your Thermostat to Auto
The main advantage to setting your thermostat to auto is it will use less energy and hence save you money. The fan will only run when your home is in a heating or cooling cycle so, under this setting, there will be times when the fan is completely off and does not consume any energy.
A good way to deal with the warm fluctuations is to set the heat at a low temperature, maybe around 67 degrees. Your home may be a tad bit warm during the day, but once the sun goes down and the temperature drops again, you will be prepared. However, if you are more worried about a cold snap, but the temperature is comfortable, maybe open a window. If you do, make sure you are monitoring the level of coolness in your home. By setting the temperature to a higher temperature, such as 75 degrees, on the cool setting and then closing the windows before bed, can keep your home comfortable while you save money.
(Wondering how to keep your house comfortable in the spring? Read our blog: How Can I Prepare My HVAC System For The Spring?)
If you are more worried about your comfort levels than you are money and have the time to plan your system, then you can take a different route. For instance, you may prepare your HVAC system to cool your home to 72 degrees and then change it to heat at 72 degrees for the night. You will always be comfortable, but your wallet might feel the effects.
2. Install Smart Technology
One of the best ways to be prepared for changing weather is to install a programmable or smart thermostat, such as the Ecobee Smart Thermostat.
With this technology, you can program your system to cool if it reaches a certain temperature or to heat when it drops below your decided temperature. You can also program the thermostat to turn off the heating and cooling when the house is unoccupied or during certain hours of the day that may be hotter or cooler than the others.
With the Ecobee thermostat, you can control all of this from a convenient mobile app, from the thermostat’s touch screen, or from a web browser on a computer. By using this smart technology, you will have the power to spend or save as much money as you please.
3. Regular Cleaning and Maintenance on Your System
Setting your thermostat correctly and purchasing the best technological thermostat, will not matter unless your HVAC system as a whole is running properly.
To be able to perform and combat the changing weather, the system has to be able to work fast and efficiently. Doing your own regular maintenance can make a bigger difference than you may realize. And if that’s not enough you can always get Minnick’s to perform a comprehensive indoor air quality test.
Cleaning and changing your air filters may be the best thing you can do for yourself. Dust and other debris can get caught in there, keeping the air from flowing through. The results are negative – and one of the worst is dry air.
Also, make sure your home is properly insulated. It is a common misconception that insulation just helps keep your home warm. It will also help keep it cool. It just depends on what you have your thermostat set to. At Minnick’s, we offer spray foam, cellulose, and air sealing as part of our insulation services.
It is also a good idea to schedule an annual maintenance inspection so a professional can come to your home to look over your inside and outside unit to make sure they are prepared for the upcoming weather conditions.
Fluctuating temperatures are an annoying hassle that comes every spring in Maryland. The best thing you can do to help deal with it is to prepare as much as you can.
Schedule an in-person or virtual call today. We look forward to hearing from you!