Whenever you leave for fall vacation, you’ll have a number of things to take care of, from cleaning out the refrigerator, to setting the dimmer switches for the lights to come on at night, to making arrangements for the pets. But one thing you should not forget has to do with the thermostat settings for the HVAC.
Hot or Cold?
It can be a toss-up this time of year as to whether to turn on the heat or the air conditioner when you’re away. Weather predictions can help, but admittedly, if you’re gone for a good chunk of time, things may change.
Set your programmable thermostat about 5 degrees up for the air conditioner or 5 degrees down for the heating, depending on which you think you’ll need to run. The main thing, when it comes to heating, is that you don’t want your pipes to freeze, so never set the heater lower than 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you think your home will require air conditioning, make sure it will turn on so indoor temperatures are low enough not to stress plants or damage electronics.
When you’re in the process of selling a home, there’s a long list of chores that you need to accomplish. Amongst these are steps that you must take to ensure that your home’s HVAC system is in order. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
Hire a Technician
You’re probably already aware that you should be scheduling a technician to perform a check on your HVAC system at least once a year. If it’s been a while since that’s been done and you’re close to putting your home on the market, give them a call. A technician will make sure that everything is running properly before any potential buyers come around to inspect the unit themselves or send their own technician to do it.
Replace the Air Filter
If a prospective buyer checks your air filter and it hasn’t been cleaned, he or she may suspect that the rest of your home hasn’t been cared for very well. Your system’s filter will typically need to be replaced every 1-3 months, but now is the perfect time to check its current state and switch it out if needed.
Test the Thermostat
Now that fall has arrived and you’re closing up your home against cooler outdoor temperatures, your indoor air quality can quickly decline. Filtering your air is an option worth considering, especially if anyone in the family suffers with allergies, asthma or other breathing conditions. Here’s a roundup of the best air filters from trusted, industry-leading brands:
Aprilaire pleated media filters are designed to provide effective whole-home filtration when installed in an HVAC-integrated air cleaner. They’re available ranging from MERV 10 to 16, and depending on the type of air cleaner you have, the compatible Aprilaire filter can capture up to 98 percent of airborne contaminants as small as 0.3 microns in size, which can include plant pollen, fungi, pet dander and dust mites.
Healthy Climate Filters
Healthy Climate air filters are made by Lennox, and they’re available in MERV 11, as well as MERV 16 and HEPA versions like those used in hospitals and medical laboratories.
MERV 11 filters catch over 85 percent of particles larger than 0.3 microns, including many that trigger asthma and allergy symptoms, like mold spores and common household dust, as well as viruses and bacteria. Carbon Clean MERV 16 media filters can trap …
Before you know it, millions of homes across the nation will celebrate Halloween and the streets will be filled with costumed children. How does this affect you as a homeowner? Well, if you partake in the creepy decorations that are a mainstay for the holiday, you need to be thinking about HVAC safety. Here’s how:
Clear Blocked Vents
Even rather small Halloween decorations can present a hazard that can impede your home’s air flow. Once everything is set up, be sure that no vents have been blocked or you could force your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to.
Watch the Fake Webs
This common decoration can instantly put you in the mood for the holiday, but it can also cause issues that you may not be aware of. First, the fibers can get into your air, which can be harmful to any household members suffering from asthma or other respiratory issues. Second, these same fibers may find their way into your HVAC system’s air filter. Be sure to check the filter once all the ghouls and ghosts have retired to their homes.
Check Outdoor Decorations
The Peachtree City area’s mild winters call for gentle heating that’s hard to get from a typical forced-air system such as a furnace. Radiant floor heating can provide that kind of warmth, but before you decide whether or not this system is for you, get clear on the basics.
When can I install a radiant floor?
Radiant flooring is easier to install while the building is still under construction and before the floor has been finished. These systems are frequently retrofit into existing homes, but doing so requires tearing out the floor and replacing it. That increases the installation cost and time, and creates inconvenience. If you’re building a home or home addition, decide whether or not you want radiant floor heating early in the construction process.
Which type of radiant system should I choose?
There are two common types of radiant floors: hydronic (water) and electric. Each has its pros and cons. A hydronic system is usually the most energy-efficient choice, but it requires a boiler to heat the water that flows through the tubes under your floor. An electric system needs only electricity to heat the cables under your floors, but because these systems are less efficient, they’re …