When spring finally hits, it’s a breath of fresh air both literally and figuratively. However, the temperatures near Asheville, North Carolina, can rise and fall from day to day, leaving you with a comfort problem both outside and inside your home. However, there are ways to combat these temperature swings while keeping your expenses down and enjoying the comfort you deserve. Here are some tips to help you stay comfortable throughout spring, even when the weather isn’t cooperative.
Enlist the Help of a Smart Thermostat
Over the past decade, thermostat technology has gone through use advancements. Long gone are the days of analog mercury thermostats and, to some degree, even programmable thermostats. The latest craze is the smart thermostat. These thermostats function in many ways like a programmable thermostat, changing indoor temperatures based on a program that you set. However, they learn your specific habits and adjust themselves accordingly. In addition, they take the outside temperature and change temperatures indoors, so you’re never left with a hot or cold home when you return from errands or work.
Another benefit of a smart thermostat is that many now offer Wi-Fi capability. By downloading an app to your phone, you can change the temperature no matter where you are in the world, provided you have an internet connection. Plus, smart thermostats remind you when it’s time to change the air filter and provide usage statistics to help cut your energy bills even more.
Curtain and Drape Hacks
Life hacks are one of the latest sensations sweeping the country. From cooking to car repair to home temperatures, there are always some little tricks to help you in your daily life. Fortunately, this also translates to spring temperature swings. If the temperature goes from 30 degrees to 70 degrees over the course of the day, it could become problematic. However, using drapes or curtains can offset the change in weather. During the warmer part of the day, keep your curtains open to let in the sun’s light and warmth. When the sun goes down, draw the curtains to keep the warmth inside. Or, if things are going to get warm that day, keep your curtains closed to make sure your home doesn’t get too hot. Repeat as necessary until the temperatures become more constant.
Although area rugs are typically used to enhance interior decor, they’re also a brilliant way to keep warm if the temperature should suddenly drop. When you have an area rug, you can keep your toes from freezing when they hit a hardwood floor or tile. Unless you love the sudden jolt of freezing floor to wake you in the morning, area rugs are a cheap and attractive way to combat frigid morning toe.
Fire Up the Stove or Oven
If you aren’t a culinary savant, you may want to brush up on your skills. You’ll have a delicious home-cooked meal and a warmer home in the process. Obviously, the oven and stove give off heat when in use, but few know that this actually helps warm the kitchen, and if that’s the only place you are in the home, it’s a cheaper alternative than turning up the heat. When you need an extra bit of warmth, a roast, cookies, or stir-fry is a delectable and satisfactory solution to the problem.
Get a Tuneup
One of the biggest problems that homeowners face in spring is an HVAC system that’s become inefficient due to disuse. During winter, you typically only use your furnace, but your air conditioner sits dormant. When you go to fire it up, it may not work as well as you’d hoped. That’s why it’s important to call us for an AC tuneup. When we come out to work on your AC, we’ll give it a thorough inspection, fix any problems, and provide you with advice on how to keep it running strong throughout spring and summer. By scheduling this service, you won’t have to worry about any unforeseen problems that could cost extra in the future.
Surviving the temperature swings of spring isn’t difficult to do if you know these simple tips. However, your HVAC system may have other ideas. If that’s the case, don’t hesitate to call Gentry Heating, Inc. at 828-581-4045 for all your furnace and air conditioning needs.
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