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April 15, 2016

11 Tips to Keep Your Home Comfortable Year-Round


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Whether there’s a summer heat wave or a winter deep freeze, you want your home to be the perfect temperature. Here are some tips to keep your Delaware HVAC system up to the task.

  1. Regular Maintenance – It seems that things always break just when we need them most. Keeping up with regular maintenance on your HVAC system helps prevent mid-season breakdowns. Gold Star offers affordable maintenance agreements that can catch small problems before they turn into major breakdowns.
  2. Change Filters Regularly – Filters clog over time and block airflow, increasing your heating and cooling costs and putting strain on your system. Filters should be changed about once a month, depending on the type of filter used, to keep your HVAC system from overworking.
  3. Make Sure Ducts are Properly Sealed – Your home’s ductwork allows hot and cool air to flow efficiently through your home. If the ducts are not sealed properly, the air leaks out, creating hot and cold spots throughout your house.
  4. Annual Tune-up – Just like a yearly physical at the doctor, your HVAC system can benefit from a yearly check-up. Your Delaware HVAC company will make sure your system is in good shape for the upcoming seasonal weather.
  5. Consider a Programmable Thermostat – If you want your home to be more energy efficient, consider installing a programmable thermostat. You can save up to 10% on your yearly heating and cooling bill by adjusting your home’s temperature 5-8 degrees (up in summer, down in winter) for 8 hours a day. With a programmable thermostat, you can have your system run warmer or cooler while you are at work or asleep so you never have to come home to an uncomfortable house.

Heating Specific Tips:

  • Keep baseboard heaters, radiators and warm-air registers clean, and be sure not to block them with furniture, rugs or drapes.
  • Keep your curtains closed to prevent heat loss through windows.
  • Keep attics, basements, and seldom-used rooms closed. Rooms that have little traffic do not require as much heat.

Cooling Specific Tips:

  • When the humidity is high, set your fan speed on low for better cooling.
  • Don’t turn your thermostat down more than usual during high temperatures. It doesn’t speed up cooling but it will increase your electric bill. Instead, turn on ceiling fans to distribute more air without using extra power.
  • Locate your outdoor unit where there is the most shade, or consider planting trees to shade the unit. Air conditioners use 10% less electricity in the shade.

Gold Star: The #1 Delaware HVAC Company

From preventative maintenance to service calls, Gold Star has the expertise you need. With emergency services, convenient service times, and a commitment to quality, we are the best HVAC company in Delaware. If your home isn’t meeting your heating and cooling needs, contact us today: 1-302-947-8694.

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