Not to complain, but achieving ideal home comfort in Central Florida during the winter can be difficult. If January was an indicator, your home will need to be prepared in February for alternating weeks of uncomfortably cool to pleasantly warm outdoor temperatures. Not to worry. Your professionals from Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions have outlined five comfort solutions for the weeks leading into spring.
Air Seal Your Home
Uneven temperatures and drafty rooms are indicators of air leaks in your home’s envelope. Sealing air leaks will go a long way to improved home comfort and reducing the load on your HVAC system. Set aside a day to seal your windows and doors with foam, plastic, and silicone weatherstripping. Any gaps around piping and vents inside and outside your home may be sealed with a can of spray foam.
Check Attic Insulation Condition
Moisture problems are common in Central Florida homes. Check the condition of the insulation in your attic to make sure it’s not damp and moldy. Damaged insulation should be thrown away by a professional and replaced with up to R-60 for greatest comfort and energy efficiency.
Balanced airflow through your home is necessary for complete comfort and HVAC efficiency. Obstructions to airflow from the supply outlets to return grilles may include closed doors, blocked or closed vents, poor location of vents, leaky ducts, and not enough return or transfer grilles.
Be mindful to keep interior doors and vents open. Issues with poor ductwork layout and leaks, however, are a job for your HVAC technician.
Change Air Filter
Have you remembered to change your air filter this winter? Stay on top of filter changes to insure maximum HVAC efficiency, comfort, and better indoor air quality.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply control your home comfort temperatures with your smartphone? Well, you can! There are many smart thermostats available today that give you total manageability of your HVAC systems. Talk to your HVAC company to select the model that’s right for you.
If you need professional assistance for maximizing home comfort, contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).