Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature is about a lot more than just being comfortable. Temperatures that are higher or lower than what humans can bear can commonly lead to a variety of health problems. Below are just a few of the reasons it’s so important to keep your home temperature controlled.
Constant extreme heat or extreme cold can lead to issues not just with health, but with your home and possessions. Heat and cold can damage plastics and other materials routinely found in our homes.
Extreme temperatures can also have dangerous effects on our health, from persistent discomfort to life-threatening conditions.
Heat and Our Health
High levels of heat have been shown to have potentially severe effects on the body. Side effects of exposure to high heat can include:
- Increased sweating
- Inability to regulate mood
- Decreased mental functioning
- Heat stroke
- …and other conditions.
These conditions are caused by the body trying to regulate its temperature when exposed to extreme heat. A rise of as little as two degrees in internal body temperature can lead to decreased function, which can become dangerous.
Our A/C and Our Health
Texas experiences high temperatures throughout the year, especially in the summer, which is why it’s important to have a working A/C. To ensure your A/C continues keeping your home safe and comfortable, consider the following tips:
#1 Ensure Your System is Properly Maintained
Make sure to take care of any monthly maintenance recommended to keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency year round, such as changing air filters and inspecting your outdoor condenser to ensure it is free from debris.
It’s also recommended by many HVAC manufacturers (and required by some warranties) to have professional maintenance done annually.
#2 Use a Smart Thermostat for Comfort All Day
You may consider turning off your A/C while you’re away at work in order to cut down on some energy costs. However, doing so leads to you coming home to an uncomfortably hot house after work.
A smart thermostat can be programmed to heat and cool your house to different temperatures throughout the day. This can save you money and keep your home more comfortable.
For example, you can program your smart thermostat to keep your home at a higher temperature while you’re away, and to start cooling before you return. This way you don’t have to air condition your home all day, but also don’t have to come home and step into a wall of heat in your own home.
#3 Keep Your Home Air Quality in Mind
Part of how your HVAC system keeps your home safe is providing clean air to circulate throughout the house. If you start to notice your allergies or asthma acting up, it can indicate something’s off about your HVAC system.
Looking for more ways to keep your home safe and comfortable, or need to schedule annual maintenance? Contact AirOne Heating & Air Conditioning, a San Marcos air conditioning repair company, to learn how we can help!