Keep Your Home Comfortable With a Focus on These 3 Key Factors

Texas homeowners know that keeping a house comfortable can be a battle. But if you can focus in on the most important factors that affect home comfort, you'll be in a good position to win that battle – and keep your costs low, too. Here are three areas to pay special attention to.

Managing Your Temperature

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Your home is constantly trying to equalize its temperature with the outside world, which is exactly what you don't want through much of the year. Insulation and air sealing help to create a barrier between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Your furnace and air conditioner or heat pump get your indoor temperature to a comfortable point, and a balanced humidity helps your indoor air hold onto the right temperature.

Controlling Indoor Humidity

Humid air holds heat, making it desirable in the winter and a pain in the summer. But that's not the only reason you should take control of your home's humidity. High humidity leads to a muggy feeling and can contribute to the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Low humidity, on the other hand, encourages viruses such as influenza and can aggravate respiratory and skin issues. Balance really is best.

Maintaining Indoor Air Quality

Dust mites, mildew, fungal spores and all sorts of indoor pollutants can impact your health and ruin your day. When they get inside your home's HVAC system, they can cause havoc there, too. The air filter keeps pollutants out of the inner workings of your HVAC system, but it needs to be replaced about once a month for best results. And you can always boost your indoor air quality by using ventilation options as well as central air cleaning, such as HEPA filtration or a sterilizing UV light.

Learn more about the factors that affect home comfort, as well as Thermacon Service Company's home comfort solutions, or call 866-797-1535.

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Using Programmable Thermostats to Stay Cool and Save Energy

While the Beaumont climate makes your home HVAC system indispensable through much of the year, running a furnace or air conditioner 24/7 can take a toll on your energy bills and on the HVAC system. Setting the temperatures back when you're away from home or tucked in bed is a proven energy-saving strategy, but resetting the thermostat multiple times a day can be a hassle for even the most diligent homeowner. Programmable thermostats offer energy savings by taking care of the temperature set points for you. But you need to know how to use them to get the best savings out of them.
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Have these Things Happened to You? Consider Professional Duct Cleaning

Do you need a professional duct cleaning? Many homeowners do not think about their ductwork. It is just there, doing its job of delivering conditioned air to living spaces. However, there are certain circumstances where having the ductwork cleaned is a good idea. If you have experienced any of the following situations, you may want to invest in professional duct cleaning.
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3 Reasons to Consider a Ductless System for Your Port Arthur Home

ductless systemDepending on how well they’re insulated, air ducts can waste over 30 percent of your heating and cooling bill. That’s a lot of money to literally throw out the window. While ductless systems can be more costly at installation, they have a number of benefits that may greatly impact your energy bill and the overall enjoyment of your home.

Options in Design

The appearance of heating and cooling units can be a problem when you don’t have a central HVAC system. Options usually include portable in-window air conditioners and anachronistic old space heaters that totally ruin the sleek, modern look of a well-decorated home. While ductless air handlers aren’t quite as inconspicuous as central air, they are available in a range of designs and types that flow with the surrounding aesthetics.

Installation Flexibility

Traditional heat pumps and central air systems have pretty rigid requirements for the placement of the components. Obviously, portable units are limited to any part of the house that has all of the requirements for them to operate, such as a window.

Ductless air handlers, on the other hand, can go anywhere in the house up to 50 feet away from the outdoor portion of the heat pump. This means that interior rooms and the far side of your house still get temperature control units, but the heat pump itself can be tucked away in the backyard for better aesthetics. Placing the heat pump out of the sun and direct wind may help boost energy efficiency even more.

Lack of Ducts

Aside from the massive energy savings of going ductless, there are a few other distinct benefits. These include:

  • Better control in individual temperature zones
  • No major renovations to an existing system if you need to expand
  • Fewer HVAC components to clean and have serviced regularly
  • No large, empty and inaccessible ducts where mice or other vermin can build a home

For more information on ductless systems and what they can do for your home efficiency and comfort, contact us at Thermacon Service Company. We serve Port Arthur, Beaumont, Orange, Vidor and the surrounding areas.

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