Looking for tips and tricks to improve indoor comfort levels? If so, start by looking at your HVAC system. Did you know that simply installing a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to improve indoor comfort? It can also help you save money on your heating and cooling expenses. Keep reading to learn more about programmable thermostats and other tips for improving indoor comfort levels in your Woodbridge, Virginia, home.
Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to achieve precise temperature control. Pair a programmable thermostat with zoned heating and cooling to enjoy maximum indoor comfort. A programmable thermostat ensures that your home stays at a comfortable temperature only when you’re in it. When you’re gone, you can set it so the HVAC system keeps the home at a more moderate temperature. The programed settings take away the manual aspect of adjusting the temperature back and forth.
With zoned heating and cooling, you can heat and cool various rooms throughout the home according to your needs. Gone are the days of having to heat the basement even when no one is using it. This type of temperature control leads to maximum energy efficiency. As a result, you’ll notice a decrease in your heating and cooling expenses.
Change the HVAC Filter
Another way to improve indoor comfort levels is to change the HVAC filter regularly. The filter directly impacts the HVAC system’s ability to heat and cool your home. If the filter is dirty, this leads to lower efficiency levels. As a result, it makes it difficult for the furnace or air conditioner to keep your home at your desired temperature.
To eliminate this problem, change the filter once every three months. If you have indoor pets, check the filter once every month. If it’s clogged with pet dander, change it.
Install an Air Purification System
You can connect an air purifier to your HVAC system, which gives you the advantage of whole-home air purification. The air purification system works to remove indoor air contaminants, including airborne allergens such as dust, dirt, pollen and pet dander. As a result, you’ll have better control over your allergy and asthma symptoms.
Use Indoor Plants
There are many different types of plants you can grow indoors that improve indoor air quality. Most of these plants are easy to maintain and work exceptionally well to remove harmful pollutants. Here’s a list of a few types of plants you can choose from:
- Peace Lily
- Devil’s Ivy
- English Ivy
- Lady Palm
- Spider plant
- Red-Edged Dracaena
- Florist’s Chrysanthemum
Invest in Preventative HVAC Maintenance
Preventative HVAC maintenance is key to achieving maximum energy efficiency. It can also improve indoor comfort and air quality by ensuring that the system is working to its fullest potential to filtrate the air. More so, maintenance is vital to the system’s ductwork.
The HVAC system pushes air through the ductwork and into individual rooms in the home. If the ductwork is dirty, the system will blow dirt and dust into each of those rooms. Generally, you should invest in air duct cleaning once every three to five years.
Open the Windows
Circulating the air in your home is critical to improving comfort levels. During the winter and summer, temperatures are usually too extreme to open the windows. However, during the latter part of spring and early fall in Virginia, temperatures are generally comfortable.
During these parts of the year, open your windows to improve indoor air circulation. Make sure you don’t run the HVAC system when you have the windows open. This will put unnecessary wear and tear on the system, and it’ll increase your heating and cooling expenses.
Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in a variety of HVAC installation and maintenance services. Give us a call today at 703-763-0399 to learn more about tips and tricks for improving indoor comfort levels. We can also perform an assessment to determine if an air purification system will work with your existing HVAC unit.
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