Optimize your HVAC System – Spring 2024

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Johnson County, Kansas - Is your HVAC System Ready for Spring?

Winter has come to an end and it’s now time to celebrate the first days of spring here in Olathe. It’s tough to complain about the unseasonably warm winter we have enjoyed in the Kansas City area this year, but it’s been a bit of a hassle to switch from heat on the cooler days to air conditioning on days when the temperature may climb above 80. 

We’ve heard from a lot of our friends in the community who’ve said they have been switching between heating and cooling on a daily basis recently, as temperatures have swung from unseasonably warm to bitingly cold and back again. Fortunately, the coldest days are probably behind us as we head into spring, but we can expect a lot more warm weather on the way, including a warmer-than-average spring season. As such, many of us may be concerned about our energy bills this spring, especially since we may have already turned our air conditioners on much earlier than we usually do. To that end, your friendly neighborhood HVAC service company has assembled some tips to help you optimize your heating and cooling system so that you can spring forward into energy savings this year!

Adjusting Thermostat Settings for Warmer Weather

With spring arriving and warmer weather on the way, it’s time to start thinking about how to set your thermostat. Ultimately, it’s a fairly simple equation: The closer your indoor temperature is to the outdoor temperature, the lower your utility bill will be. However, there’s more to consider. You don’t want your home HVAC system to kick on and off a bunch of times. That takes energy and puts unnecessary wear on your air conditioner or furnace. It’s better to find a temperature setting that’s comfortable and leave your thermostat there. Better still, you might want to invest in a programmable “smart” thermostat that can make adjustments based on your habits and needs.

The Role of Ceiling Fans

Fans cool people, not rooms, but they still play an important role in keeping your family cool and your utility bills low! You’ll want to remember to shut fans off when rooms are unoccupied. When you’re hanging out in your living room or bedroom, the fan can create a pleasant breeze that will help you feel cooler without you needing to adjust your thermostat or run your air conditioner. The trick is remembering to switch the direction of ceiling fans as the seasons change. When the weather is warmer, you’ll want your ceiling fans to be turning counterclockwise to create that cool breeze.

Scheduled Maintenance for Long-Term Efficiency

One of the most important things that you can do to ensure the efficiency and longevity of your home HVAC system is to have it regularly serviced by a heating and cooling professional. The best time to do these inspections is before you turn on your air conditioner or furnace for the first time each season, but there’s never a badtime to do them. The importance of having regular maintenance performed on your HVAC system cannot be overstated. Not only will it help to keep your system efficient and your energy bills commensurately low, but it will also help to diagnose potential problems before they become emergencies.

Invest in a Smart Thermostat

We already mentioned this, but it bears repeating. Smart thermostats are, quite frankly, game-changers when it comes to your home’s HVAC system and your utility bill. A smart thermostat can adjust based on both your activity and the local weather forecast so that your home is always kept at the ideal temperature in the most efficient manner possible. Plus, you can make adjustments yourself simply by pushing a button on your phone.

Open the Windows

Eventually, the weather will probably get too hot, and you’ll have to rely on your air conditioner. During the spring months, however, you can often cool your home simply by opening the windows! By opening windows on opposite sides of the house, you can create a cross-breeze that will bring in cool air and help to air out your home, which has probably been closed up all winter. It’s a great way to clear the air and keep your energy bills under control. The only downside is that open windows can aggravate spring allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, check the pollen count for the day before opening the windows, and consider adding an electronic air cleaner.

Inspect Your Dampers

This is one that a lot of people miss. In fact, some homeowners don’t even know what dampers are, though we’ve all seen them. They’re the vents that open and close throughout your HVAC system to help control how the air gets distributed all around your home. Inspecting your dampers doesn’t just mean ensuring that they’re adjusted for optimal airflow. It also means cleaning them and making sure that they’re in proper working order. Fortunately, the heating and cooling professionals at Davenport Service Company will inspect and adjust all your dampers as part of our springtime seasonal maintenance visit.

Optimize your HVAC System with Davenport Services

We may be looking down the barrel of a warmer-than-usual spring, but taking proactive measures such as the ones we’ve outlined above can significantly enhance your home’s comfort and keep your energy bills to a minimum. By adjusting your HVAC settings, leveraging smart thermostats, and adopting simple, effective strategies such as utilizing ceiling fans, you can ensure a cozy and cost-effective season. Don’t forget to reach out to Davenport Service Company for your seasonal inspection and any other HVAC maintenance needs!

At Davenport Service Company, we’ve been providing “Customer First” HVAC service in Olathe for more than thirty years. This means that we know the ins and outs of springtime (and every other season) in the Kansas City area. Whether you need to schedule your seasonal maintenance or have questions about the best programmable thermostat to buy, call Davenport Service Company at 913-441-2222 today!

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