When you live in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, one thing is true: spring weather means you can have sunny, summer-like temperatures one day and then the next day you can have frost and signs of snow.
When the outdoor temperature is swinging like in does in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area, it can be hard to know what to do inside your home to stay as comfortable as possible.
With that in mind, here are 6 things shared by your local HVAC experts that you can do during this change-over season so that you can continue to stay comfortable, no matter the temperature swings outside:
- Consider heat pumps
- Use an outdoor temperature sensor
- Keep up with HVAC Maintenance
- See if your home is properly insulated
- Invest in indoor air quality and manage the humidity
- See if the thermostat is your issue
1. Consider Heat Pumps
Ask us if heat pumps are a fit for your home (or business). The technology behind our heat pumps allow your system to meet variable weather because they have variable capacity. In simple terms, the heat pump’s capacity will actually work to align with the variable weather (1).
So that means as the temperatures outside vary, your heat pump adjusts, and comfort doesn’t suffer, plus you don’t have to be constantly changing the thermostat; instead, you can set a temperature in each zone and the system will adjust to maintain that desired temperature. Unlike more traditional systems, our advanced systems mean you aren’t in the position where you have to switch back and forth—with the system being fully on or fully off—so you save energy, too (1).
2. Use an Outdoor Temperature Sensor
Outdoor air temperature sensors can use the outdoor ambient air to tell your system to either heat or cool. They are simple for us to install and they are very effective. Not just for homes, they are also very effective for buildings/facilities because you can enjoy the efficiency that comes from these sensors that are always monitoring the outdoor environment.
Take for example if the sensor detects a large temperature swing outside. That sensor can then trigger your heating and cooling system to adjust, and therefore your indoor air temperature feels cool and consistent, without you having to do anything. All in all, the benefits are more consistent temperatures inside and that helps to translate to minimized utility costs for your home or business.
3. Keep Up with HVAC Maintenance
There are steps you can take in terms of managing your thermostat, but one of the top ways you can ensure that your system is best equipped to respond to changes swings in temperature is ensuring it is properly cleaned and maintained, year-round. Think of it as the best way to prepare your home for any temperature swings outside.
Also, when we switch into spring, sometimes debris, trash, dead plants or other materials can be too close to your unit. Make sure you have about two feet all around your unit, clean and free of any debris, to make sure it can perform properly.
Preventative maintenance, combined with changing out your air filter on time, will ensure your system is working as efficiently as possible. It’s also one of the most important steps to combating temperature swings this time of year. Think of it this way: preventative maintenance is one of the top things you can do for greater control over your temperature and overall comfort.
4. See if Your Home is Properly Insulated
Insulation is key to making your home stable inside, despite any changes outside. Insulation that isn’t ideal for your home can mean more of the outside air is getting into your home than you want. In turn, that can mean the outside temperature swings are experienced more harshly inside.
When appropriate, weatherstripping your windows and/or doors can sometimes be a part of the solution to help avoid too much cold or hot air in. Don’t assume that is the issue in your home, but seek a professional to see if that’s one step you can take for more even temperatures in the home.
5. Invest in Indoor Air Quality & Manage the Humidity
Although it depends what source you refer to—combined with personal preference—but recommended temperature ranges perceived as “most comfortable” inside range from 73 to 79°F in the summer and 68 to 74.5°F in the winter (2). Some would argue they like it cooler than that in the summer, but that gives you an idea of a normal range.
Sometimes people forget about what makes for air “comfort” though—after all, temperature is not the only thing that makes the air feel comfortable (or not). In fact, things like radiant temperature and air movement/air speed and humidity of the air also impact how we feel inside the home, and those are a part of, or byproduct of your indoor air quality.
Consider this: your thermostat may be accurate when it’s showing you a temperature that should be cool and comfortable, but if the air has too much humidity or there is a lack of ideal airflow or ventilation, you’ll still feel uncomfortable.
Just think about the huge impact of humidity in the home: it’s uncomfortable, it invites harmful microscopic organisms to thrive, and it can even negatively impact things like furniture throughout the home.
Humidity is classified by a dew point, which determines whether perspiration will evaporate from your skin. High humidity means a high dew point, which makes it more difficult for perspiration to evaporate, causing your body to feel hot and muggy. But as described it also invites harmful microscopic organisms. Fungus, mold, and dust mites thrive in a muggy environment, all of which can be harmful to your health, in addition to making you feel less comfortable. It has negative effects on your home. Unfortunately, mold and mildew love humid areas. This can make its way into the foundations of your home.
So what’s the potential solution? If humidity is a large enough issue, it may be time to use a dehumidifier in conjunction with your cooling system to remove moisture from the air.
That just begins to describe why taking steps to make sure you improve your indoor air quality, and factors like your humidity and airflow within the home, can help you also feel more comfortable year-round. Ask us about steps you can take that are specific to your home.
6. See if the Thermostat is Your Issue
It’s not always a thermostat issue at all, but in some cases, it might be time for a more advanced thermostat that can fit your needs.
Thermostats we offer today are so advanced that they can even help you spot patterns so you can save money. but they also make sure you have ultimate control, every minute of the day. Again, that’s not always the issue, but sometimes that can be a factor that helps to deliver you more comfort.
Call Greater Comfort, Your Local HVAC Experts, for All Your Heating & Cooling Needs
We often say how “Your comfort is our promise”—because it is, and we take that promise seriously. You can expect on-time, courteous, and knowledgeable technicians who offer up-front pricing so you know what to expect.
It’s also important for us to ensure you are informed and confident with any decision you make about your heating and cooling, which is why we take pride in never pressuring customers to make any decision. We want you to be satisfied, and we know informed decision making helps to make that happen!
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