Hosting Friends and Family? Make Sure Your Home is Cool and ComfortablePublished on: May 23, 2018
Spring is a time for lots of get-togethers and celebrations, such as baby showers, bridal showers, graduations, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Your home will experience an influx of friends and family during this busy time, which can affect your home’s temperature and comfort level. AC Southeast® is standing by, ready to help you by maintaining your cooling system and preventing unexpected breakdowns.
Maintenance of Your Cooling System
The first step in preparing your HVAC system this spring is by scheduling maintenance with a licensed professional. NATE-certified technicians are experienced, knowledgeable and trained to service any heating and cooling system in the HVAC industry.
During preventative maintenance, a heating and cooling pro will thoroughly clean your unit, including replacing the filter, to increase airflow and reduce unnecessary stress on your equipment. Maintenance catches problems in the early stages and prevents them from snowballing into expensive, unexpected repairs while your guests are at your house. A regularly cared for cooling system will perform more efficiently and save you money on your energy bill. It’s important to note, properly maintaining your system also preserves any manufacturer warranties.
Check Temperature Settings
Before company arrives, check your programmable thermostat and adjust the settings, so your air conditioner isn’t operating the entire time your friends and family are at your house. More people in a confined space causes the temperature to rise, which might cause your thermostat to send faulty readings to your unit and forcing it to kick on. By raising the temperature just a few degrees, you save energy and prevent your system from working hard to maintain an ideal temperature throughout your home.
To prevent your cooling system from cycling on, use your ceiling fans to move cool air throughout a room. There are two settings for ceiling fans, which most homeowners forget and don’t utilize their fans year-round. If you need cooler temperatures during your party, set your ceiling fan to turn counterclockwise. The fan will push cool air down to the floor, evaporating perspiration and causing a chilly effect in a room. This method will keep you and your guests cool without needing to turn your thermostat lower than necessary.
Utilizing Zone Heating and Cooling
If you don’t have zone heating and cooling in your home, consider investing in a whole home zoning system before everyone arrives. Zone heating and cooling allows your HVAC system to deliver climate-controlled air to specific rooms in your home without heating or cooling your entire home at the same time. Temperatures are adjusted quickly with a zoned system, which means bedrooms and different floors of your home aren’t cooled when everyone else is in the kitchen and living room. There’s no need, for example, for the upstairs to be an icebox if everyone is congregating downstairs.
The airflow is controlled through dampers placed in different areas of your house, which are referred to as zones. Programmable thermostats work with the dampers in a zoned system and provide readings for each zone. This increases the accuracy of each thermostat and reduces your unit from kicking on and off when it’s unneeded. Each thermostat opens and closes the dampers in a zone to provide air from your heating and cooling system.
Make sure your cooling system is ready for partygoers this spring by installing a whole-home zone heating and cooling system to work with your programmable thermostat and HVAC system. Call AC Southeast® today and get your heating and cooling system ready for the festivities.