Energy-Saving Tips for Summer

5 Ways to Safely Maintain Your HVAC System

During the final steamy summer months, air conditioning is a life saver. Of course, to achieve effective airflow from your air conditioner necessitates maintenance. This guide will give you some insight on running your HVAC system and preventing problems.

Clean your filters

First of all, keep your washable filters as clean as possible. Otherwise, install new filters monthly during cooling season for both central and window units. It is worth it. Dirty filters hugely impede on air conditioning efficiency. When purchasing new filters, it is important to pay attention to minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV, which ranges from 1 to 12 for home air conditioning units. MERV 12 denotes maximum filtration and energy consumption. As with most things, air-quality concerns need to be balanced with energy costs.

Use a programmable thermostat

Use a programmable thermostat or timer to control energy consumption. There is no need to blast air conditioning when you are not home. Of course, don’t set it too uncomfortably warm, particularly if you have animals in the house. If not built in, timers or adjustable thermostats are well worth the investment. They simply need to match your unit’s voltage. Unless you are taking a long trip, it is bad to completely shut off the HVAC system, as re-cooling the house from scratch is a huge task for your air compressor.

Insulate

Proper insulation helps keep costs down. Air ducts in attics or crawl spaces should be wrapped to keep the air flowing within them cool and clean. Use batt insulation or rigid foam insulation for best wrapping results. Seal batt and rigid insulation with foil tape. Although tight spaces are typically hard to insulate, wraps like Reflectix can offer some peace of mind.

Clear obstructions

Keep the area surrounding your air compressor and condenser free of obstructions. For central air, this area is typically close to the outside of your house. Allow for about two feet of space in all directions around the compressor and condenser. They need room to breathe!

Federal laws require air conditioning units to be way more efficient than they were even 10 years ago. Standards are very quickly accelerating, so consider investing in an upgrade to keep pace. What works well today maybe ancient 20 years from now. HVAC systems demand your full attention.

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Keep Your Home Cooler For Your Health

Optimize Your AC for Your Health

Circulating cool air throughout your home is especially important during the hot summer months. Experts recommend an indoor temperature of 78°F (during the day) to keep costs low, but still maintain comfort, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

Heat can affect the body in uncomfortable ways. Many people assume bodily illnesses are exclusively associated with colder temperatures or seasonal changes. Especially after long winters, summer is often viewed as a time of relief. The fact is, you’re just as susceptible to serious illness in summer as you are in any other season.

This is why it’s vitally important to get your A/C inspected, ideally before the start of intense summer heat, to ensure your system is offering you the relief it should. Here are some common summertime health issues your well-functioning A/C can be part of mitigating.

Allergy Symptom Relief

Summertime allergies from pollen, mold, or insect bites or stings are also common in a hotter outdoor environment. Many flowers are still blooming in the summer and pollen production is high. Unfortunately, this can leave those with even mild allergies dealing with sneezing, sniffling and itchy eyes throughout the summer. While we don’t want you to become a recluse and stay inside all day, your home should provide some refuge from allergy symptom catalysts.

Your A/C’s ventilation can ease allergy symptoms and may even be specially designed to improve the quality of the air filtered. Keeping your windows closed also increases its effectiveness.

A Good Night’s Sleep  

Your air conditioner can also save you some zzz’s. As the temperature rises, sleep quality diminishes. Research shows that the human body sleeps best in temperatures of 60 to 67°F. The right temperature can even help you stay asleep and leave you more refreshed in the morning. To keep your body healthy and well rested in the heat, make sure that your air conditioner is up to date and can achieve that temperature.

Heart Health  

July is the American Heart Association’s Summer Heart Health Month! Heat-related illness, like heat exhaustion (typically marked by headaches, dizziness, and fainting) can be prevented with the right precautions. The elderly, children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are most at risk, but that doesn’t mean someone with no history of heart problems can’t experience heat-induced issues. Especially as our activity levels tend to increase over summer, it’s important to stay aware of what your body is telling you.

Other than drinking lots of water, taking consistent breaks from activity, and dressing for the heat, ensure your A/C is as energy efficient as possible to give you a cool environment and shelter you from extreme temperatures. Save your body some stress.

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Four Factors That Determine Your Air Filter’s Lifespan

air filter lifespan, air filterIt might not be something that you think about every day, but an air filter is one of the most important parts of your HVAC system. It captures unwanted air particles such as pollutants, dirt, and dust, which could otherwise easily spread throughout your house. Over time, these bad particles will build up on the filter, which can lead to inefficient flow and costly repairs.

If you want a cleaner house and reduce the risk of unforeseen repair costs, you should start thinking about regular inspection and replacement of your filter. However, most people might not know when to replace their air filter, so we created this short guide to provide a general starting point.

Take note that multiple factors can determine either extend or shorten the lifespan of each filter.

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#1: Periodical Changes

A general rule of thumb is to change it at the start of every new season. If you live in a part of the country that doesn’t have all four seasons you can check your filters and change them as needed every 4-6 weeks. This ensures that your air filter is working properly and doesn’t accumulate too much buildup.

 

#2: Filter Materials

Another thing to consider is the type of filter used in your home. The most common variant is a mechanical air filter, which uses fibers to catch air particles before they enter your ventilation system. Specifically, most people will use disposable mechanical fiberglass filters because of its low cost. However, the cheap filter only captures a small portion of unwanted particles, so it’s best to check it every few weeks to see if it needs a replacement. You can also consider using pleated or washable filters, which are more expensive but highly effective and includes a longer lifespan. Clean it once a month by spraying with water from a hose to further extend a filter’s longevity.

#3: Home Size

The size of your home also dictates your filter’s overall durability. HVAC units in smaller homes require less energy to disperse clean air in each room, which means your air filter will last longer. However, those with larger homes with more rooms and additional floors will need a better filter because of the higher amount of energy required to bring in clean air. Using a budget filter for a larger house will only add more unclean air throughout your home.

#4: Daily Habits

A final set of factors to consider are your habits at home. Those who smoke on a regular basis might find that just opening a window isn’t enough to remove the cigarette smell and its harmful effects. A portion of the toxic output can still find its way through your air filter, which can harm others living in your house and further decreases your filter’s lifespan. If you have pets, you might spend more money on replacements due to the high volume of fur that will accumulate on filters.

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Four Ways To Save On Your Energy Bill This Spring

Saving money is always an appealing proposition. Particularly in the limited free time we have, we’d rather spend our time outside enjoying the sunshine and the fun activities that come with it than worrying about your HVAC. However, when you come back inside to cool off, you’ll probably see an increase in your energy bills due to the uptick in air conditioner use. Between the costs of participating in seasonal activities and utility bills, this adds up!

Increasing your home’s energy efficiency is a way to decrease your energy bills without a significant amount of time and effort. You’ll also be lending the environment a hand in lowering pollutants and potentially harmful emissions.

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Operate your thermostat efficiently

As you’re racing out the door to enjoy the sunshine or leave for a weekend getaway, make sure you adjust your thermostat on the way out. There’s no reason to leave it on full blast if you’re not there to enjoy it. Reduce its air flow or shut it off when you don’t need it to ensure your bills reflect your actual A/C use.

Use ceiling fans

Not only do ceiling fans offer a refreshing breeze, but they can also help save you money. Ceiling fans can lower your energy bill costs as much as 30 to 40 percent, and make a room feel six to eight degrees cooler without you touching your thermostat. As every longtime homeowner knows, make sure your fan is spinning counterclockwise, so it generates a downward flow that accelerates the evaporation of perspiration and decreases the room temperature.

Open windows and doors

Even though spring and summer days can be hotter than you may have expected, shutting off your air and opting for natural breeze when possible will improve your bottom line. When the temperature drops at night, consider lowering your air flow or turning it off completely to let cooler air circulate throughout your home.

Use energy-efficient window treatments

According to the Department of Energy, the gain and loss of heat through regular windows account for 25 to 30 percent of residential heating and cooling energy use. If you haven’t already, it’s in your best interest to update your current windows to energy-efficient treatments that fit your climate, improve your comfort, and increase your savings. In the process, seal any air leaks so cold air no longer escapes your home. This also ensures your air conditioner isn’t working overtime to compensate for the loss, which in turn reduces your monthly energy costs. It’s a win-win.

3 Common HVAC Noises and What They Mean

HVAC Noises

Sometimes, you don’t even know there’s a problem with your HVAC until it’s too late. This often stems from the fact that we just don’t know the signs and are therefore blind to indicators of trouble. One of the most obvious signs that your HVAC is malfunctioning is the uncharacteristic sounds coming from the appliance itself.

Normally, you don’t even notice the sounds your HVAC makes because it’s just not very noisy, aside from usual hums or the whooshing of air through vents. Plus, let’s face it: if we’re not confronted with the consequences head-on, we assume all is right and dandy in the world. Ignorance is bliss, right? Wrong. If you hear anything disruptive, chances are it’s time for a serious inspection by a certified contractor in your area.

Here’s a list of the most common HVAC noises and what they mean so you can resolve the problem sooner!

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Clanking

Do you hear something coming from your system that sounds like the clamor of banging pots and pans? This “clanking” is abnormal and could mean parts are loose, like the blower motor fan or blades/pipes that are colliding. Clanking sounds are up there with more severe issues because of the costs associated with replacing broken or loose parts. If you hear these kinds of noises, shut off your system and call a technician immediately.

Hissing

Hissing is typical when air leaks from your system. If you hear it in your walls, your ducts could be leaking, too. This isn’t only a nuisance, but it’s also costly because the air that should be circulating throughout your home is now retreating into your walls.

First, use your best judgment to measure the volume of the hissing. Loud hissing noises from your ducts generally signal duct repair beyond the scope of even the most seasoned DIYer. Minimal hissing could mean an issue starting in your air vents. Sometimes these hissing sounds happen when air filters are loose or not the right size, thus causing an opening in the seal. The air is then bypassing the filter by going around it instead of being pulled through the filter. This, on the other hand, is a relatively simple fix that a technician could walk you through so you know what to do if it occurs again.

Rattling

If rattling noises are coming from your outdoor unit, it could mean debris (twigs, rocks, etc.) is caught inside. HVAC grates are made thin enough to block large obstructions, but occasionally things slip through. In this case, the best thing to do is turn off your system, cut the power to the unit, and remove the debris. Any visible damage to the condenser coils, compressor, or fan should be repaired by an HVAC technician. Internal rattling in your furnace or other components is treated similarly: turn it all off and call your HVAC technician, as these stoppages are harder to remove.

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5 Nonnegotiable Factors When Finding An HVAC Technician

The verdict is in: you’re purchasing a new air conditioner or HVAC system. Now you face a slew of questions: Do you know the brand and kind of appliance you’re buying? How about the installation team? What are the costs of installation and initial setup? How do you know if you’re getting the best deal or if you’re being overcharged?

HVAC Technician

Because there’s a lot more to consider than meets the eye, we’ve arranged the most important, non-negotiable details to nail down when you’re choosing an HVAC contractor or installation company. No matter what stage of the purchase process you’re in, these tips will surely be helpful in moving you forward. If nothing else, remember this: ask as many questions as you need to be answered BEFORE your air conditioner is paid for and installed!

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#1: Certified Technicians

There’s no excuse for shoddy work. When going about selecting an HVAC contractor, make sure they’re qualified to do the job correctly and within your timeline. Check out their website, browse online reviews (from credible sources), and read how they plan to add value to your experience. “Added value” can mean different things to different people, but the company’s commitment to quality should be clear across the board.

#2: Easily Accessible

You should be able to quickly get in touch with the contractor you select. Especially in emergencies, you don’t want to be stuck with hazardous materials. Regardless of the circumstances, make sure you can call a number that reaches an actual person or that you can leave messages on their website if this is more convenient for you.

General food for thought: these days, an updated website goes a long way. It’s a hub for information, communication, and organization. “Updated” doesn’t have to mean expensive. To us, it means implementing tools and mechanisms that make it easier for customers to reach contractors. These aspects will be evident the second you arrive at the company’s website.

#3: Reasonably Priced

Each company claims to have the best service and prices. But does it? If a deal sounds “too good to be true,” it usually is, so buyer beware. It’s great if a company shows an appreciation and understanding of its customers with specials and rebates, but when those aren’t available, the work must justify the price.

At I Want Smart, transparency is vital. We believe genuinely good labor and exceptional service shouldn’t be cheap. This is why we go to great lengths to qualify contractors: to make highly valued, pre-approved work readily available to customers through our website.

#4: Great Customer Service

When everything is going wrong, it’s easy to appreciate someone swooping in to save the day right when you need it. However, when everything is going right, it’s the details that matter in making you, the customer, feel like you’re of value to a business. If they’re keeping you in the loop about specials, events, or relevant news, it’s a good sign that they’ve invested time in thinking about what is valuable in serving you.

As we mentioned before, a responsive website is critical: it’s a member of the customer service team. You’ll notice how a company handles leads by how quickly, politely, and efficiently they follow up with you, either via phone call or email.

#5: Fair and Honest Treatment of Customers

All of our previous points work together to hammer this one home. Excellent customer service, reasonable and transparent pricing, accessibility, and qualified workers all exist to create trust between customer and contractor. If just one of these categories goes by the wayside, the rest are inevitably weak. If the company adheres to a strict code of conduct, integrity, and indeed goes the extra mile for its customers, it’ll show.

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Give Yourself The Gift Of A Humidifier This Winter

Humidity gets a bad rap thanks to what we know about summertime humidity: the thick, stifling, and damp coating in the air. Hence the famed phrase It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity… we all mutter as yet another potentially good hair day bites the dust. Because of this negative connotation, people often neglect humidity’s importance during the winter months.

The frigid cold air of winter dries up humidity (moisture) in the air. This dehydration withers signs of plant life and causes many uncomfortable side effects within our homes. Call in the humidifier. Humidifiers re-introduce moisture into the air to reduce the effects of dry air and create a more comfortable environment by promoting better air quality and health throughout your home.

Humidifier Winter

If there’s a time to invest in a humidifier, it’s now. We’ve come prepared with some ways a humidifier will become one of your best assets this winter and a welcomed gift for your family.

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Better Personal Health

If you have to ask yourself if you need a humidifier, the likely answer is no. If you truly need a humidifier, you’ll feel it. Most everyone is familiar with the usual telltale signs of winter air: parched and itchy skin, cracked knuckles, dry eyes, chapped lips, irritated nasal passages, snoring, or any combination of the above. All are worsened when the air is moisture-deficient. In addition to aloe, moisturizing lotions, and lip balm, a humidifier works to abate these symptoms.

Lessen Congestion and Sinus Pressure

They don’t call it “cold and flu season” for nothing! Your respiratory system also suffers from the dryness of winter. Every time you breathe in icy air through your nose and throat, moisture is drained from your sinus passages. Those plagued with sinus congestion or seasonal coughs and colds will appreciate the reinvigorating hydration a humidifier can provide to hasten the healing process. Even if you’re not sick, a humidifier can help prevent illness and keep those vexing symptoms at bay.

Cost-Effectively Combat the Cold

Humidifiers work as hard to combat the cold as any other appliance. They help regulate indoor temperatures by raising humidity levels to add heat without having to physically turn up the heat. It’s the same principle in the summer when high humidity makes the outdoor temperature feel much hotter than it technically is. Humidifiers can thereby help stabilize your thermostat use to keep your costs in check.

Old House with Good Bones

Do you notice that your older home’s classic wood floors start creaking and cracking more than usual in the winter? Wood organically shrinks and splits in the cold without adequate moisture, making it less pliable. The effects aren’t limited to older homes nor wood floors. The caulk used in new homes along the baseboard trim and the countertops will shrink and crack due to lack of humidity. Humidifiers can offer a balanced indoor atmosphere by helping deliver tolerable air that is neither scorching nor overly wet and dank.

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Six SMART Ways to Winterize Your Home

Winterize Home

There’s no way around it: winter is here. While there aren’t ways to stop Mother Nature in her tracks, there are ways to mitigate against her wrath. Winterizing your home is an important part of forming a solid defense against the effects of the bitter cold.

Winterizing your home refers to equipping your plumbing and HVAC for colder weather. Below-zero forecasts outside can cause freezing pipes and frigid temperatures inside that take a toll on your family. Not winterizing your home has a lot of potential consequences, including roof damage, increased risk of fire and/or carbon monoxide leaks, power outages, higher heating bills, insurance claims, and indoor flooding.

Winterizing your home can be simple, but you have to know where to start. We’ve provided a winterizing itinerary to help you make it through the winter without an HVAC or plumbing problem.

Change furnace filters

It’s easy to neglect, but replacing/cleaning your filters once or twice a month makes a world of difference in your air quality. Dirty filters can restrict the flow of treated and warm air throughout your home. Your system will have to work overtime and utilize more energy to compensate for blockage, which shows up on your monthly energy bills.

Wrap your pipes

Frozen pipes are one of the most common wintertime plumbing issues. Frozen pipes not only restrict water flow but can lead to burst pipes that add up to costly repairs.

When water molecules freeze, they expand as they crystallize and take up more space than when they’re in liquid form. The freezing ice then gradually pushes water towards the closed faucet, which creates tremendous pressure between the ice and faucet. The pipe soon ruptures under pressure in an area with very little or even no ice.

Have your pipes wrapped in insulation to prevent significant pipe damage and future repairs. In case of an emergency, make sure everyone in your home knows where the shut-off is. To save time and have peace of mind that it’s done correctly, find a certified professional to make sure your pipes and other areas of your home are well-insulated.

Install storm windows and doors

Storm doors and windows are extremely energy efficient by sealing in warm air and preventing significant drafts. No, not football drafts or beer on draft — we’re talking about the space between your door and your floor from which warm air escapes and cold air slips through. According to the Department of Energy, the average American spends $2,000/year on energy; of this, $200-$400 could be going to waste from drafts, air leaks and openings, and outdated HVAC systems. Although they may be a pain to install, storm windows and doors are well worth it in the end.

Clean the gutters

This is a dreaded seasonal chore that often ends in hiring a neighborhood kid to do the dirty work. But, whether you do it yourself or enlist the help of friends and family, it is a necessary job that needs to get done. Cleaning your gutters helps keep the water path clear and functioning. Debris otherwise creates barriers that restrict flow and allow ice to form. Either take a day to clean those gutters or start making phone calls before it gets too cold to do anything!

Keep up with your thermostat

It may be time to talk about replacing your outdated thermostat. Programmable thermostats are inexpensive in comparison to your utility bill costs. Shelling out a few hundred dollars for an electronic thermostat that is made to save you money is a wise investment.

Once you have your new thermostat, make sure you’re doing your best to optimize it. This means turning your heat down when you leave the house for an extended period of time, i.e. vacation (hopefully to somewhere warmer). This will cut down even further on your energy costs. Needless to say, a functioning thermostat is your best friend this winter.

Have your furnace inspected (if you haven’t already)

The only way to know for sure you’re heating your home efficiently is to have a professional inspect it. It’s advice that’s easy to justify in the moment: “Why would I spend money for someone to tell me that either everything is fine or things that I already know?” We get it. But, the more you do ahead of time ensures less maintenance in the long run. Plus, who wants to need repairs done when it’s freezing out? Furnace issues go undetected longer and more frequently than you’d think. Save yourself some heartache this winter and get that overdue furnace inspection.

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How Do I Know If There’s A Problem With My Furnace?

Autumn is in the air, and your furnace is becoming more relevant as cooler temperatures roll through. Now is a good time to handle furnace issues so you’re prepared before Mother Nature really shows her teeth come winter. As you brush the dust off your furnace, we can’t help but wonder: do you know what to look for in a healthy furnace?

Until the technician arrives, here are some clear indicators of furnace trouble that should help give an idea of what to expect.

Age

Your furnace is a complex machine with moving, stationary, and electronic parts. Over time, moving parts wear out. Expansion and contraction due to heat cause stationary parts to develop cracks. Corrosion occurs on electrical components. Age is just a number; a very important number when discussing furnaces. On average, a gas furnace should last anywhere from 20-25 years. The serial number on your machine should tell you its age. If it’s older than the usual lifespan, it could be time to consider purchasing a new furnace.

Abnormal or Incomplete Startup

Every furnace has a sequence it goes through in order to start, run, and heat your home properly. Sequences vary slightly from furnace to furnace, but in general, a typical heating sequence follows similar steps.

  1. The thermostat tells the furnace to turn on when the temperature in the house drops below setpoint.
  2. The exhaust inducer motor comes on and the furnace does a self-check to make sure it is safe to run.
  3. Once the self-check is complete, and it is safe to run, the ignitor heats up.
  4. When the ignitor is hot enough, the gas valve will open and the burners will fill with flames.
  5. Once the burners are proven to be ignited, and the internal heat exchanger heats up, the blower fan will be commanded on.
  6. During startup, safeties monitor each step of the process.  If at any point the safety mechanism alerts the control module to a failure in any step, the furnace will stop the heating sequence until the issue is resolved.  

The ignition system of your furnace may vary by the age and manufacturer. Regardless of the type of ignition you may have: Standing Pilot, Hot Surface, or Spark Ignition, all furnaces have some form of safeties that monitor the equipment during the startup.

Preventative maintenance by having your equipment cleaned prior to the start of the heating season will help you avoid the emergency call when the weather turns cold. Before it gets too cold, turn up the heat on your thermostat and check to see if your system is working properly.

Weird Noises

HVAC systems are not silent by any means. Some level of hammering noises is normal. But, if you hear exceptionally loud clunky or banging noises coming from your furnace, there may be a loose component that needs replacing or repairing. In forced-air furnaces, a blower motor is usually the clamoring culprit. Even the most skilled DIYers have trouble fixing their way out of this one, so it’s best to call the pros for an immediate fix.

Cold Air

A furnace’s one job is to heat your home. If it is not doing this and, on the contrary, delivering cold air, you know something’s up. Sometimes it is a simple circuit breaker issue; but, a furnace that’s using power but not producing heat is an issue that a certified technician should solve.

Higher Cost of Heating

As in business, a sure-fire way of detecting a problem is by looking at the bottom line. If your bill is showing higher heating costs than you’ve averaged previously, it could indicate that your furnace is running constantly or not heating properly to justify costs. Contact a professional for an inspection to clear up what’s going on.

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How To Transition Your HVAC From Summer to Fall

The kids may dread it, but it can be a parent’s favorite time of year: back-to-school season. This means one step closer to fall and using your HVAC systems less and less. Fall temperatures tend to be cool with less humidity, which means turning off your AC and enjoying the foliage, along with some energy savings.

Just because you don’t use your HVAC as frequently in the autumn, however, doesn’t mean it should be ignored completely. You’ll be relieved to know there are some simple steps you can follow to ensure your HVAC works through the fall and is prepared for winter. Here is a maintenance checklist that will keep you from “falling” behind!

Inspect and Clean Your Air Filter

Cleaning your air filter helps reduce indoor contaminants in the fall and winter, when you’re most concerned with staying warm and keeping excess allergens out of your home. Going too long without cleaning and/or replacing it increases your chances of buildup in your filter that would impede circulation of pure air. It will also help improve your HVAC’s fuel efficiency and long-term operating cost.

Clear Your Air Vents

Your air vents (also referred to as registers) need to be cleared and cleaned for full efficiency in all seasons. Move heavier furniture, toys, pet kennels, or other obstructing items away from the vents so that heated air can flow freely throughout your home.

Clean Your Humidifier

Humidifiers are an important part of keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. They manage humidity levels and add appropriate levels of moisture in the air to prevent these issues. In the fall and winter, colder air holds less moisture, leaving air feeling dry. Dry air can lead to dry skin, irritated sinuses and throat, itchy eyes, and overall discomfort. Dry air can also contribute to shrinking in hardwood planks and caulk joints in your home. Checking that your humidifier is clean and clear of clogs in addition to changing the water panel in the humidifier will help ensure efficiency so it can offer the relief it’s supposed to.

Use Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans, use them! It will allow you to raise your thermostat temperature and keep a consistent, comfortable temperature. Ceiling fans also save on energy costs. The less you use your air conditioner, the less energy it absorbs, and the less you have to pay for it. Turn them on in the autumn or winter, too, to evenly distribute warm air throughout your house.

Schedule a Professional Maintenance Check

The best way to ensure your HVAC system is in tip-top shape for Fall is to get a professional inspection and/or repair. Certified technicians will know what to look for and expect for the upcoming season and be able to give recommendations easier when they are looking at the system in person. They’ll be able to individually inspect each component to identify both opportunities and threats to your system, saving you money on more significant repairs down the line.

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