Top Spring HVAC Considerations
HVAC systems tend to get the most attention during the roughest times of the year – during a cold snap and when the temperature climbs to unbearable levels. Once it handles the worst, all is well, right? Not necessarily. Spring comes with its own challenges that affect your HVAC system and how it serves you. Here are four such considerations.
Spring can be the worst time of year for anyone with allergies, especially allergies to dust and pollen. Your HVAC system needs to be able to filter the air you breathe while providing you with enough fresh air. If you suffer annual misery from spring allergies, consider upgrading your filter to a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. This will serve you and your family year round, giving you added protection from all the nasty bugs and allergens that make you sick, especially in the spring.
Ventilation is critical year round, but if you’re lacking outdoor air, it can affect you just as much in the spring. At the tail end of the flu season, you need fresh, clean air day and night. If allergies are an issue, this is even more reason to ensure you have enough filtered outdoor air entering your home. Even if you’re comfortable enough to open a window one day, you may have to go back to an enclosed space for the next week.
As cold weather makes way for the heat of summer, your HVAC system has to deal with both heating and cooling, sometimes on the same day. Temperature changes can cause issues so you need to ensure that your HVAC system can keep you comfortable regardless of these changes. A thermostat that automatically switches between heating and cooling will help you on those difficult days when nature just can’t decide. Additionally, having a furnace and air conditioner that work efficiently at part load will help lower your energy consumption and ensure that your equipment functions well for many years to come.
When the temperature changes, humidity tends to follow suit. If your HVAC system isn’t equipped to deal with these changes, you can end up with moisture problems even at lower temperatures. Condensate may form in new places as cooler surfaces meet moist spring air. Depending on where you live, you may need additional dehumidification to deal with this time of year until your air conditioner can do the full time job of dealing with humidity in your home.
If you need help with your HVAC system this spring, give us a call and we can help you keep your home’s air at the right conditions for your family.