Temperature Control in Your Home
Depending on the season, you will control your home’s temperature by using your air conditioner or heater. The World Health Organization (WHO) has some guidelines on what temperature you should set your home at. If there are no children or seniors in the house, WHO recommends turning on your heater at 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Having children or seniors in the home means you should turn on your heater at 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit. You can, of course, turn your heater on to whatever feels comfortable for your family, but running it constantly can cause wear and tear on the heater.
What Affects Room Temperature
Two important things that can affect room temperature are your windows and faulty/damaged ductwork. The placement of your windows and how many you have open can affect the airflow, which affects temperature. They say that if you are going to open windows, then you need to open at least two that are across the room from each other to create a cross breeze. This will allow air to flow through the room, cooling it naturally. Only opening one window can actually cause a heat build-up in the room.
According to Home Pro Match, “Small leaks throughout a system of ducts can result in weak airflow and uncomfortably cool temperatures in rooms furthest from your heater.” If you have damaged ducts, you run the risk of air/heat escaping through the ducts, which means it is then not going to reach the room it is intended to cool/heat.
How to Keep Your Room the Temperature You Want
In order to keep your rooms the temperature you desire, it is essential to make sure your HVAC system is operating correctly. At Texas Air Tech, we recommend keeping an eye on the following pieces of your air conditioning unit: filters, condensate drain, coil fins, and coils. If you notice any of these signs, you should call us to come out and have a look:
- Your AC is blowing out warm air rather than cold
- No air comes out when your AC unit is on
- High power bill
- Your AC is not cooling the house
- AC only works after being shut off and turned back on
As for your heater, these are the warning signs that warrant a call to us:
- Unusual smells
- Not producing enough heat
- Loud, consistent noises
- Carbon Monoxide detector goes off
- Poor air quality in the home
- Yellow pilot light
- Having trouble getting the heater to turn on.
- Water coming out of your heater