The Texas weather can take a toll on your HVAC system. Whether you are interested in energy efficiency or increased comfort, you want to be sure that your system works well for you year-round. There are several strategies you can employ to optimize the performance of your HVAC system. By reducing demands on the system, these measures can also help to extend its working life.
Your air filter captures particles such as pet dander, dust, and pollen that might otherwise invade your indoor air and cause respiratory issues. If you want your air conditioner and furnace to run at peak efficiency, invest in high-performance filters.
Your air filter also protects your HVAC system from clogs and damage. For your filter to perform effectively it is very important that you clean or replace your filter regularly. A clean filter allows for smooth air flow through your HVAC system, and helps to keep your indoor air fresh and clean.
Excess humidity in the air makes your home feel warmer than the actual temperature. Moisture can also damage your furnishings, aggravate asthma symptoms, increase dust mite activity, and leave damp spots on your walls, ceilings, and floors. A dehumidifier helps you to control the humidity in the air and remove the moisture that your air conditioner is not able to eliminate.
A whole-home dehumidifier offers the most efficient solution. It operates throughout every room in your home and operates quietly in the background. In areas like Mt. Pleasant, Texas, that experiences high humidity, a whole-house solution offers the most control over your home’s humidity levels, and will help to reduce the need for extra cooling from the air conditioner. If you are looking for a smaller commitment than a whole-home dehumidifier, portable dehumidifiers are a viable option, and will work for just one room or small area.
While ceiling fans don’t directly improve HVAC performance, they do so indirectly by allowing you to increase your thermostat setting in the warmer months. Reducing your reliance on the HVAC system will help you to conserve energy. Using a ceiling will help you to feel more comfortable as it helps to circulate the cooler air. The blades of your ceiling fan must be set to rotate in a counter-clockwise direction for cooling. You will need to reverse the direction to help to circulate warm air during the colder months.
Ask your HVAC technician about smart thermostat installation. You will gain more control over your home’s temperature and comfort level. Smart thermostats can automatically adjust settings based on your usage patterns. Those with sensors will also automatically update thermostat settings if, for example, you arrive home unexpectedly or forgot to change a setting before leaving home. Another great advantage of smart or programmable thermostats is the ability to make changes remotely using devices such as a tablet, laptop or smartphone.
Smart thermostats therefore, enable you to use your system more efficiently. This will result in more ideal temperatures throughout the day, and ensure the most energy is being used effectively.
Indoor Air Quality Products
If your home’s indoor air quality could use a boost, consider indoor air quality products such an air purifier in conjunction with the high-quality air filter recommended above. Air purifiers effectively remove contaminants from the air and reduce allergy symptoms. By removing various particles and pollutants, indoor air quality products help with reducing blockages in your HVAC system. Smoother airflow helps the equipment to perform better.
Regular maintenance for your HVAC system is extremely important — especially in areas such as ours that experience extreme weather conditions. It is a good idea to have your HVAC system professionally examined to ensure that it is performing well, and is fit to carry you through the upcoming winter season.
Schedule maintenance checks at least once per year. Even if you think your system is performing perfectly, a thorough check of your system is still important. Preventive maintenance can uncover developing problems and correct them before they lead to expensive repairs or more costly replacement. Your technician will ensure that all parts of the system — indoor as well as outdoor components are analyzed and serviced as needed.
Your HVAC system is a very important investment, so it is important that you take good care of it. The NATE-certified technicians at Wood Air Conditioning & Plumbing are committed to offering you expert service and solutions for all your HVAC needs. Call us today at 903-285-6550 to speak with our qualified staff, or to schedule an appointment.
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