Residents of the parts of the U.S. with four distinct seasons know to expect chilly temperatures from Thanksgiving to Easter (and sometimes beyond). But many Floridians are just as likely to need their air conditioner as their heater during the winter months, which can make it tough to maintain a well-functioning HVAC system. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to protect your HVAC system during Florida’s unpredictable weather patterns.
Keep Your Heat On
When the temperature dips for just a day or two, it can be tempting to use space heaters or other portable heaters instead of firing up the HVAC. But despite their small size, these heaters can use an incredible amount of electricity—far more than a central HVAC uses. These space heaters can also pose a fire risk, especially older models or ones that don’t have a functioning shutoff switch. Don’t be afraid to use your central HVAC, even if you’re expecting temperatures to rise soon.
Install a Smart Thermostat
One of the biggest risks to your HVAC system in unpredictable weather is overuse. If your HVAC system runs constantly, it will develop wear-and-tear issues far sooner than if it’s periodically given a rest. Switching back and forth between your HVAC’s heating and cooling functions can also put it under great strain, so it’s a good idea to turn the entire system off and wait at least five or ten minutes before programming any major swings in temperature.
A smart thermostat can accomplish just that, from anywhere with a mobile connection. By programming your thermostat to a higher temperature (in summer) and cooler (in winter) while you’re not home, you’ll reduce your energy bill and the frequency with which your a/c or furnace cycles off and on. Many programmable thermostats are designed to find the system’s optimal efficiency, taking all the guesswork out of the process for you.
Check and Change Your Filters
When your HVAC system has to pump air through dirty, dusty filters, it must work harder. By cleaning these filters and replacing any that are starting to show wear and tear, you’ll give your HVAC a clean slate with which to operate.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
Late winter is the perfect time to schedule an annual maintenance appointment with your HVAC technician. Not only can this make sure your a/c is working perfectly before the summer heat hits, but it can also help you minimize any of the havoc that may be wreaked by spring’s fluctuating temperatures and barometric pressures.
If it’s been a while since your HVAC system received much attention, look no further than AC Designs. Our experienced technicians can troubleshoot any issues you’re having and give your HVAC system a thorough inspection, providing you with well-deserved peace of mind. Just fill out the brief contact form on our website or give us a call today.