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Heating and Cooling System Hacks for Every Season: Expert Tips to Maximize Comfort Year-Round

Heating and Cooling System Hacks for Every Season: Expert Tips to Maximize Comfort Year-Round

Living in Oregon we get the pleasure of experiencing multiple seasons in a single day. Staying comfortable through the weather changes can be difficult. We’d love to share some industry tips and tricks to optimize your heating and cooling system for the ultimate comfort, and you get the added bonus of energy savings from a functional and optimized heating and cooling system. 

Seasonal Adjustments:

Winter: Set your thermostat to a lower temperature when you're asleep or away from home to save energy. If you have a programmable thermostat, it can be incredibly helpful to schedule adjustments to the temperature. 

Summer: Keep blinds and curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out sunlight and reduce heat gain. Use ceiling fans to circulate air and create a breeze, allowing you to raise the thermostat setting without sacrificing comfort.

Regular Maintenance:

We can’t stress enough the importance of regular maintenance and tune-ups on your system. Changing your air filters allows for good airflow and prevents dust and debris from building up. But don't forget the outside either, your exterior unit should have the condenser units cleaned and any obstructions like leaves or debris removed to maximize airflow. These tune-ups allow your system to run more efficiently and save you from the potentially catastrophic system malfunction during Oregon’s extreme temperature changes. 

Energy-Efficient Upgrades:

Especially with the increase in the cost of electricity, high-efficiency systems, and smart/programmable thermostats will help you to optimize energy usage and ultimately save a little on your energy bills. As the weather gets nicer, take a day to check the insulation in your home. If there are any leaks, make sure to get them sealed up. 

Zone Heating and Cooling:

Zone heating or cooling sounds complicated, but it’s just focusing and redirecting the airflow into occupied areas, versus heating or cooling a large area that no one is occupying. With zone heating and cooling you can customize temperatures in different areas of your home, ensuring comfort where you need it most. 

Optimize Airflow:

Using fans to move airflow throughout your home can help with distributions of warm or cool air. Keeping your vents and registers clear of obstructions will help to ensure proper airflow and help to optimize your system’s performance. 

Humidity Control:

This one may be a new tip for you. The use of humidifiers and dehumidifiers in your home can help improve comfort levels. During the winter the use of humidifiers to help add moisture to the dry indoor air, which can help the air feel warmer. While use of dehumidifiers in the summer can help to remove the excess moisture, making your home feel cooler. 

Smart Technology Integration:

We’ve talked about the use of smart home technology in the past. Technology provides us with some pretty amazing tools to help regulate the temperature in our environment while providing cost-saving benefits. With smart technology, you also have the ability to adjust your settings, schedules, and preferences remotely. Adding smart sensors to your home can allow your system to detect occupancy in any given room and adjust the temperature setting accordingly. 

By implementing these heating and cooling system hacks, you can enjoy year-round comfort while minimizing energy usage with the bonus of reducing your carbon footprint. Whether you’re adjusting settings, performing regular maintenance, or investing in energy-efficient upgrades, there are plenty of ways to optimize your home's comfort without breaking the bank.

Remember to stay mindful of your energy usage and continue exploring new technologies and strategies to further enhance your home's energy efficiency and comfort. With a little effort and know-how, you can create a cozy living space that's perfect for every season.

 

Thank you for joining us on this journey to maximize comfort and sustainability in your home!

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