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Alabama Homeowners Guide To HVAC Systems In November

Although we’ve already seen a cold snap or two, November typically marks the transition from warmer to cooler temperatures here in Alabama, signaling the beginning of the heating season.

With that in mind, here are a few key things that homeowners may need to know about their HVAC systems in November.

  • Switching from cooling to heating
    November in Alabama often sees a shift from air conditioning to heating. Make sure to switch your thermostat from cooling to heating mode.
  • HVAC maintenance
    If you haven’t already, schedule a professional HVAC maintenance service to ensure your system is in good working condition and ready to take the chill out of the air.
  • Air filter replacement
    Check and, if necessary, replace the air filters in your HVAC system. Colder weather can lead to increased indoor air quality concerns, and a clean filter helps your system operate efficiently.
  • Programmable thermostats
    If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of its features to optimize energy efficiency. Set lower temperatures when you’re away or sleeping and higher temperatures when you’re at home and active.
  • Emergency preparedness
    Familiarize yourself with how to operate your HVAC system in case of emergency. Know where the emergency shut-off switch is located and have your HVAC company’s contact information saved on your phone or close at hand.

How to make your HVAC systems & homes more energy-efficient

To enjoy energy savings and reduced energy bills, try implementing these practices:

  • Use ceiling fans to distribute warm air (see more on this below)
  • Close curtains or blinds at night
  • Make sure nothing is blocking vents (this includes furniture)
  • Clear away shrubs and other landscaping elements that are too close to your exterior HVAC unit
  • Seal air leaks

Setting your ceiling fan for winter

Most ceiling fans have a switch located on the base that allows you to change the direction of fan blades. During the winter season, your fan blades should spin clockwise. Also, it’s not necessary to run at high speed, a low speed will do just fine.

What’s the best thermostat setting?

Ideally, in the winter you want to set your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees lower than you might typically set it and for eight hours a day. In warmer weather, you’d do the opposite – set it for 7 to 10 degrees higher than you normally would for eight hours a day.

Ease into winter with a healthy HVAC system and a warm home!

By addressing these aspects of HVAC care and home preparation, homeowners in Alabama can ensure a comfortable and efficient transition into the colder months.

If you haven’t scheduled an HVAC maintenance service already, please consider Polar Bear Services. We are a local HVAC company that is based out of Leeds, AL, and services Greater Birmingham, the Huntsville metro, and Central Alabama. Since 2011, our HVAC specialists have been installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC systems and are ready to help you prepare your unit for the upcoming winter and all year long! Reach out today for more information!