4 Tips to Improve the Comfort of Your Family and Home
Creating a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere at home has a lot to do with the indoor temperature. Simple changes at home, particularly in the way that the central HVAC system is used, can significantly influence performance quality and energy efficiency while also ensuring that your home is more enjoyable. You can put any combination of the following four tips to use so that your home comfort is improved and reach your HVAC system’s full potential.
Manage the Head Load by Adding Five Degrees
The heat inside of your home can reach as high as the triple digits, particularly during the summer months and when no one is home to switch on the AC. When the temperatures get this high, it is almost impossible to get the temperature down to an appropriate level fast enough to cool off. Cooling a home this quickly puts a significant amount of stress on the AC system. The unit must work twice as hard, expending excess energy with more run time, causing it to experience considerable wear and tear.
Instead, it is recommended that you leave the AC on when you are out of the home and simply increase the temperature setting roughly five degrees warmer than usual. This will help to control the head load so that needless stress is removed when the AC is actually needed and cool air will recover more promptly. While it may seem like it is counterintuitive to leave your AC on when no one is actually in the house, it will save you both time and money in the end while also increasing the longevity of your HVAC system.
Seal Your Doors and Windows
The crevices and cracks from your doors and windows may not seem too large, but more often than not, they are the reason for uneven temperature in the air. Cold and hot air from outside can very easily enter in the house and bring in allergens, too. By taking measures to seal the windows and doors properly will help to eliminate variables that change the indoor air temperature and quality.
There are various DIY solutions that you can put to use, including using caulking, foam, and rubber strips. You can even use draft snakes for a temporary solution. These are long cylindrical pillows that are used to block air from entering the home by placing them along the bottom of windows or doors.
Sealing your doors and windows will ultimately help in reducing the amount of energy that is used when you are using your HVAC system and will help in ensuring the indoor air remains cleaner.
Insulate the Attic
Similar to sealing windows and doors, insulating the attic can also improve the atmosphere in home. The attic is a filthy space that is jam-packed with various pathogens and particles in the air. For some homes, the HVAC air ducts are in the attic. Even if the ducts aren’t in your attic, the attic’s temperature can play a significant role in the home’s overall temperature. The reason for this is because the climate in the attic can reach as high as 130 degrees, much of which is heat that is absorbed from outdoors, particularly during the summertime.
When the AC is running and cooled air is moving through the air ducts, the surrounding hot and dirty air of the attic will react with that cooled air. If there are any leaks and holes in the ducting, dirty air will be introduced into the clean air supply, there by contaminating the air and heating it. The HVAC system must work harder and longer in order to condition that air again.
Attic insulation will aid in the control of the heat load in the attic. If you opt for blown-in fiberglass insulation, there will be up to 12 inches of the fiberglass insulation spread over the deck of the attic. Any heat that enters the space will be absorbed into the insulation before it has a chance to contaminate anything else. Another option is radiant-barrier insulation. With this type of insulation, the underside of your home’s roof will be paneled with aluminum sheets, preventing heat from penetrating the space and eliminating the external source of heat.
Turn on the Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans tend to be overlooked when the AC can be turned on. However, when used correctly, ceiling fans can be efficient and economical.
Ceiling fans are equipped with two different settings. One setting is for the summer and spins the fan blades counterclockwise, resulting in the blades blowing the air downward and into the room’s center. This counterclockwise movement creates a comfortable and breezy feeling because it stirs up the air. For the most comfort, make sure the fan is set on high.
The other setting is for the winter and spins the fan blades clockwise. This particular movement results in the mixture of two bodies of air by sucking in the cold air from the bottom and center and pushing the warmer air from the top down the sides. For the most comfort, make sure the fan is set on low.
Before using your fans, make sure they are clean and the blades are positioned at angles greater than 12 degrees. In doing so, you will reduce the amount of time that your HVAC system runs and its energy consumption, which will reduce your energy bill.
If you have any questions, get in touch with us at Indoor Comfort Systems, Inc.