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?
You may prepare for these changes by wearing layers that you can add or strip depending on the temperature. You may check the forecast constantly to stay up to date on the trends in the weather, if there are any. How do you prepare your home though, from the effects of the weather’s indecisiveness? Most people spend around 90% of their time indoors. Your home should be your escape from the weather and should be comfortable 24/7, so do you set your thermostat to cool or hot or open windows or just bundle up?
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.
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 affects.
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 above 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 thermostats 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/Maintenance on Your System
Whether or not, you are setting your thermostat correctly or if you have the best technological thermostat, it 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. 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. Also make sure your home is properly insulated. It is a common misconception that insultation just helps keep your home warm. It will also help keep it cool. It just depends on what you have your thermostat set to. 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.
It’s 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. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give Minnick’s a call at (301) 327-3038 today.