Wind Chill vs. Heat Index
When the weather changes and it’s time to set your heating and cooling systems for optimal comfort, the actual forecasted temperature isn’t the only number you should be mindful of! It’s time to check to see if your HVAC system is ready for any temperature Mother Nature cares to offer up!
Did you know that certain conditions can increase the measures of wind chill and heat index, which make our bodies perceive the temperatures to be colder or hotter than they actually are? Wind chill takes wind exposure into account when determining how cold it feels outside, and heat index accounts for the added warmth of high humidity in the air. This summer, you may have noticed particularly high temperatures and heat indexes recorded – and that’s because June 2019 was a record-setting month for heat the world over!
With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to check in on your heating system to ensure that it will be ready to handle any extreme temperatures and wind chills the season might have in store. Preparing your heating system for the change in seasons is surprisingly similar to steps you may have taken to prepare your cooling system for this past summer. There are simple ways to ensure your system is working safely and efficiently, potentially even helping you to save money on your heating and cooling costs – no matter what the forecast.
Cold Weather Heating System Preparation
When it’s cold outside and the wind chill makes it feel even colder, we rely on our heating system to keep our home warm and comfortable. The number one key to preparing for the change in temperatures is to make sure that your heating system will be operating safely. Like any other major appliances, heating systems function most efficiently with regular inspections and maintenance. Having your heating system inspected once a year by a qualified technician allows you to be proactive and prevent possible issues from arising – especially when it’s cold out and you’re relying on your heat the most.
In addition to scheduling regular tune-ups of your heating system, there are easy ways to monitor its performance. It’s important to ensure that the area around your heating unit is clear and free of dust and debris, especially prior to an inspection – both you and your maintenance technician should be able to easily access the system. You will also want to check your home for blocked vents and grates – the heat cannot circulate to warm your home if the vents have been blocked. Also change your heating unit’s filters regularly. Keeping an eye on the condition of the filters will give you a good idea of how regularly they will need to be swapped out.
When Is Your HVAC System Ready for Any Temperature?
While preparing for the upcoming winter, you may want to consider investing in a programmable thermostat if you do not have one already. Programmable thermostats, which allow you to customize the settings of your heating system, can potentially lower your energy bills by maintaining a lower temperature in your home when it’s not occupied.
A safely, efficiently functioning heating system helps to make long, cold winters bearable. Like cooling systems in the summers, these appliances work best when monitored to ensure that they are functioning optimally. Be proactive and get your heating systems ready now with a service check by our highly qualified technicians. Schedule your appointment here, or call us at (518) 745-0401 to learn more about our Home Comfort Plan.