The beginning of daylight saving time is right around the corner, so you’ll soon need to move your clocks ahead to gain an extra hour of sunlight each day. The functionality of your HVAC system is another key consideration during this seasonal time change, so be sure to take the following steps so it stays in perfect sync as you spring forward:
Check the Time on Your Thermostat Display
Most programmable thermostats today have a built-in clock adjustment feature that takes care of daylight saving time changes, but it’s worth verifying that yours makes the change automatically. If not, you can set it ahead by one hour on Sunday, March 11,th so your established HVAC preferences stay on schedule.
Make Warm Weather Programming Adjustments
The spring time change also signals that you’ll need to switch from heating to cooling soon. During this transitional period, you may want to make some short-term adjustments to your comfort settings. Once you’ve made the switch to cooling mode, make sure you input your summer temperature setting changes to minimize your energy consumption when no one is at home during the day, and at night when everyone in the household is usually sleeping.
If you want to save energy, it’s vital that all your home’s systems and HVAC components are working in sync. These tips on syncing HVAC systems can make optimizing your home’s efficiency easier to accomplish and help you maximize your potential energy savings:
Take Good Care of Your HVAC System
Regular professional maintenance is a necessity if you want your HVAC equipment to operate efficiently. To get the full benefit, you should schedule service in the spring and fall every year. In addition to ensuring your HVAC system’s efficiency, routine preventive maintenance visits are an opportunity to identify emerging issues and get them fixed before they adversely affect the equipment’s performance.
Seal Leaks in the Exterior Shell
Energy losses due to air leaks in your home’s exterior shell can be significant, so it’s vital to seal them up. Use weatherstripping, caulk and insulating spray foam to plug cracks, gaps and holes around your exterior doors, windows, along the foundation and around penetrations for wiring, pipes and vents.
Maintain the Duct System
To cover or not to cover your HVAC? That is sometimes a question a homeowner needs to answer. Here’s what you should know when making your decision about HVAC covers:
To Cover — or Not
It’s not really the entire HVAC system you will need to worry about, but just the outdoor portion of the air conditioner, which includes the condenser and compressor. Although these parts of your A/C are vital to its operation, they are pretty well protected within the sturdy metal housing that usually covers the air conditioner.
You would not want to cover the condenser up in the summer because that would impede air flow, but in the winter, when its not in use, you probably wouldn’t want to cover it up either. The reason? It makes a cozy nest for rodents, which are likely to burrow their way in and set up shop. HVAC companies often report a nice business in springtime, repairing the damage to wiring and other parts that rodents may do when the condenser is covered up tight.
So when would you want to cover up the air conditioner? Here are a few scenarios:
During snow events
You love your home and don’t want to move, but you need more space. A home addition appears like the perfect solution. Adding a new room to your home is a great idea for many reasons, but it requires thoughtful planning to maximize your investment. Here’s what to know before you break ground to ensure your room addition is comfortable and efficient.
Comfortable and Efficient
You are probably going to be using your new home addition frequently; hence, the reason for its construction. To ensure it is constructed with energy efficiency and comfort in mind, your HVAC contractor should perform a load calculation. A load calculation is used to size your heating and cooling system to optimize comfort, efficiency and system performance.
Heating and Cooling Options
There are a number of existing and planning factors involved in determining the best heating and cooling system for your home addition. The type of system your home currently uses is important. If you use a forced-air system, you may be wondering if you can extend air ducts to the new space. This is an attractive option, but it will only work if your existing HVAC system can handle the extra load and if …
If you’re like most homeowners, you think of your air conditioner and furnace as independent pieces of equipment. The truth is that these main HVAC components and many others are all part of one integrated comfort system that’s in place to regulate temperature, humidity and air quality in your home. Here are some of the key system components and how they work together:
Your thermostat is control-central for all the heating and cooling functions of the HVAC system. Using built-in sensors, the thermostat monitors the indoor temperature and sends a signal for your A/C, heat pump or furnace to cycle on and off based on your selected temperature settings.
If you have a forced-air system, it relies on a hidden network of ducts to circulate air throughout your home. Supply ducts deliver conditioned air, while return ducts transport stale air back to the HVAC equipment for reconditioning. Problems with the ductwork like leaks, disconnections or improper sealing and insulating can negatively impact your comfort and the HVAC system’s energy efficiency.