How Can I Keep My Home Comfortable During the Fall?
Here in Oregon, we typically get the best of both worlds when it comes to seasonal changes — unlike many of our other west coast neighbors. From hot summers to cold winters, you’ll always want to make sure that your home is as comfortable as can be — especially during autumn.
If you’re looking to help your humble abode have successful fall, all while keeping you and your loved ones as cozy as can be on chilly days, here are a few tips to take into consideration:
Autumn Comfort Tips for Oregon Homeowners
Have Your HVAC System Tuned Up
You know the moment well: It’s a bright, crisp autumn day where the wind’s temperature can fluctuate throughout the day. To stay prepared for the crisp change, consider having your home’s HVAC tuned-up before the first temperature shift arrives. Although some might think that a tune-up isn’t essential, it is — here’s why.
Throughout the year and change of seasons, your HVAC system is put to the ultimate test to keep your home as comfortable as can be. And just like an athlete who has played a full game without many moments of rest, they need a day where they can relax, unwind, and get any injuries checked out before jumping back into the next game — the same applies to your HVAC unit.
A technician will come to your home and examine every square inch of your unit. They’ll make sure that all essential pieces to the “HVAC puzzle” are in place and don’t look askew. However, if they do notice something that seems to be out of the ordinary, they’ll be able to address the problem before it turns into something grandiose down the road.
Invest in Indoor Air Quality Technology
On a scale from one to ten, how would you rate your home’s indoor air quality? If you feel that it could use some improvement, you should consider investing in indoor air quality technology for your humble abode. While it may seem like a gimmick to some, it’s very beneficial — especially for those that live in homes with a high allergy count.
An indoor air quality device, such as a humidifier, will help regulate your home's air, making sure that it’s never stuffy. Also, this device will not only help you and your loved ones breathe much easier, but it can even protect your electronics from enduring high, unregulated levels of humidity.
Upgrade to a Tankless Water Heater
While a water heater plays a vital role in your home 365 days a year, it would be wise to consider upgrading to a tankless unit before the colder months arrive. Unlike a tank-based unit, a tankless model mounts to the wall and heats water on demand — freeing up space in your home and cutting your energy consumption in half.
Additionally, a tankless water heater has an average life expectancy of 20 years (with regular maintenance, of course), compared to a tank water heater — which lasts around ten years. Another perk of a tankless water heater is that you will never fear running into a flood since there is no tank on this unit!
Seal All Air Leaks in Your Home
Let’s face it: There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting at home on a chilly autumn day and feeling a slight gust of wind sweep in through a drafty door or window. And if the problem isn’t corrected promptly, your heater will kick into overdrive — working much harder than it has to and using much more energy in the process.
The best way to eliminate air leaks once and for all is to invest in weatherstripping. Relatively inexpensive, this material can be found at your local hardware store and is very simple to apply. However, suppose you feel as if you’re still encountering a problem with a draft. In that case, it may be wise to consider replacing the drafty window or door altogether to keep you warm while cutting your energy consumption in half.