How much time do you spend complaining about the climate conditions inside your home? Some people are very good about keeping a stiff upper lip and just dealing with hot or cold conditions in their home. Other people are much more interested in maintaining control of temperature and humidity. But regardless of your particular perspective on this matter, it is smart to understand the principles behind climate control.
What does this mean exactly? It means you should understand heating and cooling physics. It means you should always create barriers between the inside and outside of your home. And it also means you need to think about the benefits of heating and cooling individual rooms versus heating and cooling your home as a whole. Even small amounts of knowledge about those three topics can go a long way.
Heating and Cooling Physics
How can you know how to accurately heat or cool your home without understanding the physics of chilling and without understanding how furnaces and heating units work? You assume that you turn a button or push a knob, and suddenly you get what you want from your temperature control units.
But the more you understand how they work, the greater your sense of control over them, and the better decisions you can make about which appliances you want in your home in the first place.
Stopping Up Those Leaks
Heating and cooling are great, but they are less practical if your air transfer from the inside to the outside of your home is free and easy. Put a different way, if you want to maintain the climate that you create inside your house, you have to regularly go through and seal all of your windows and doors.
It should be done seasonally. With a little bit of caulk and a few tools, you can do most of this work in a few hours.
Benefits of Individual Room Controls
If you want to heat or cool rooms individually, one of your best options is to install a ductless heat pump. This type of unit does both heating and cooling, and it has individual controls for specific rooms. Also, you can put in portable air conditioners and single rooms. And finally, you can use space heaters to your advantage.
The benefits of single room control often come down to the ease of use of operating these units and the potential energy savings that you get. If you have a single space heater in a single small room, that’s much more cost-effective than heating an entire house. Some combination of whole-house heating and cooling in individual customization usually ends up being your best bet.