HOA 5 Ways to avoid being cold with winter
You may be surprised to learn that houses with more humidity will retain heat better. Adding a humidifier will make your house warmer because the water in the air is able to retain more heat. Now we’re not talking about making your house as humid as a hot summer day right after a Florida thunderstorm, that’s not anyone’s idea of a comfortable living style. But adding just a little bit of humidity into your home will keep your home feeling cozy without the need to crank the thermostat as high. And as a bonus, it will prevent the dreaded dry skin and chapped lips that are symptoms of the dry winter air.
A winterized home is better at keeping cold air out and warm air in. It’s a good habit to repair cracks in windows or doors at least once a year. We recommend doing this in the autumn when you should also remember to install weather stripping before the days get too cold.
If last year you noticed your heating system struggled to keep your home warm, it’s worth it to consider adding extra insulation, adding window film, and blocking an unused chimney so cold air can’t flow into your home. Don’t forget to reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to a clockwise direction! This way it’ll help push hot air around the room.
Having a thermostat that automatically turns down the heat as you go to sleep and brings it back up before you wake up may seem like a fantasy, but a modern-day programmable thermostat can do all this and more. Programming your heater will not only save you energy it will also save you money on your heating bills.
Cover Outdoor Units
If your HVAC system includes an outdoor unit, you should consider giving it a bit of protection by investing in a cover. A cover is an excellent way to protect your system through harsh winters. However, you will need to give a little more maintenance to your outdoor unit if it has a cover. Trapped water and debris inside the cover can cause more harm than good.
Change Your Air Filters
We say this a lot, but your air filter is one of the best ways to make sure your home is getting the cleanest air possible which your lungs will thank you for. Clean air filters also allow a smoother airflow through your system, making your unit more efficient, and it protects your unit from debris.
Finally—HVAC maintenance is the best way to make sure your system is running most efficiently. Getting a seasonal tune-up will include a cleaning and inspection. Cyprus Air offers maintenance plans starting at only $20 a month. We are also now offering a $39 HVAC tune-up, which is a savings of over $140! Call 888-775-6540 today for more information.