New Jersey winters get pretty cold. However, temperatures can fluctuate a lot more than they used to, particularly as the effects of climate change become more pronounced. What do you do during a sudden, unseasonable warm spell? Here's how warm weather can affect your furnace.
Warm Weather HVAC Adjustments
The first thing you'll want to do is adjust your thermostat settings. You don't need to blast the heat if there's warm weather. Turn it down a few degrees to save energy. You can always turn it back up when the snow starts to fall.
If you have whole-house humidity control in your home, you may need to adjust that too. Warm weather often means higher humidity, which lowers your IAQ, in turn fostering mold, mildew, viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants. Make sure your dehumidifier is set to a comfortable level between 30% and 50%.
Warm Weather HVAC Upgrades
When the temperature fluctuates, your HVAC system can expend a lot of energy keeping up. To keep your bills from getting too high, you might consider upgrading to a system with a variable-speed air handler.
There are many degrees of variance between hot and cold. Even if it's warm weather for the season, you may still need your furnace. However, you don't need nearly as much air on a milder day as you would during a period of extreme cold.
That's where a variable-speed air handler comes in. It automatically adjusts the amount of air it provides, based on external weather conditions. On cold days, it can blast you with heat. Then on milder days, it lowers the air intensity to a warm, gentle breeze. It still keeps you comfortable, but it uses much less energy.
You can even combine it with a smart thermostat. Many smart thermostats keep track of the local weather forecast and adjust accordingly, so a sudden warm spell won't take you by surprise or wreak havoc on your system.
Whether it's cold or warm weather, Aggressive Mechanical Contractors can help keep your HVAC system in top condition. We provide quality home-comfort solutions to Neptune City and the surrounding area.