Is your home a bit dated? Does it have historical value? Or, is it simply too small to accommodate a full central heating and cooling system? Well, that doesn’t mean you and your family are sentenced to cold winters and hot summers. It’s easy to put these old-fashioned HVAC solutions into practice and stay comfortable, no matter the season.
While it’s true that air conditioners effectively makes rooms cooler, it does not actually cool the air and inject it into your home. In fact, HVAC systems simply cycle air, removing hot air and replacing it with new air, systematically cooling the space down. Eventually, that hot air from inside is pushed outside.
During winter months, home heating systems utilize the same system air conditioners, but the air is physically heated before cycling through the home. That’s why furnace units burn gas or oil in order to heat the air that passes through your home’s system.
To avoid a full retrofit or keep cool without a traditional HVAC system, consider the following methods:
Multiple Fans, Multiple Cross-Breezes
Setting up fans in strategic places of your home can help keep you cool all summer long. Ceiling fans and floor fans can keep air moving and therefore cool. Adding a fan in a window pushing air out of the house can also help get rid of excess hot air that accumulates in your home throughout the day.
Window A/C Unit
These are common in rentals and homes without fully installed HVAC systems. Though these units tend to use a lot of electricity, they are effective in cooling rooms on demand. However, they are not effective in helping cool an entire home or apartment, especially if they’re situated on the bottom floor and doors are regularly closed. If you want other rooms to benefit from the cool air blowing in, see the tip above about setting up fans to create cross-breezes in your living space.
Mini Duct Systems
These systems do require specialists to install, but take up much less space than a traditional HVAC duct system.They can effectively heat, cool and dehumidify homes to keep you comfortable. Call an expert at Right Away Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about these systems and which homes they’re meant for.
Again, the cozy warmth of a space heater can be pushed to other areas of your home with the help of a strategic system of fans. Using tools like space heaters and electric blankets can keep you warm on demand throughout the winter, as long as they’re used safely. Be sure to keep space heaters at a safe distance from walls and furniture as the heat they produce can be a fire hazard. Bundling up in your favorite sweaters, socks, and warm layers can also keep you warm, despite a lack of central heating.
Right Away Heating and Air Conditioning is dedicated to serving you and your family. Call us to make an appointment to discuss repairs, installations, and replacements for your home HVAC system.