There a certain times of the year where we can experience some pretty dramatic changes in weather conditions, especially during the changing seasons.

A very hot day can often be followed by a cold night and whilst you might have an HVAC system to cope with the changing temperatures, there is no doubt that it can put a strain on your heating and cooling system.

Here is a look at some of the ways you can help minimize wear and tear on your systems components whilst still maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home, whatever the weather is doing outside.


One of the easiest ways of improving your energy efficiency is to check your window and door caulking, to make sure that there is no evidence of any worn or missing caulking or weather stripping.

Winter tends to create the most damage to these areas, so check them in the spring and replace where necessary, so that you give your HVAC a helping hand with keeping the house at a regular temperature.

It is also important to change your HVAC system air filter on a regular basis. A clean air filter will help protect your system from damage due to a build-up of dust and dirt and help it be more energy-efficient.

Annual maintenance

Changing the air filter on a regular basis is an important part of keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently, but a thorough inspection of your entire system still needs to be done at least every 12 months.

Get a professional maintenance technician to inspect all of the components. This will include things like checking that the thermostat is correctly calibrated and inspecting the ductwork to see if there is any damage or blockages that need clearing or repairing.

Consider an upgrade

If you want the best chance of maintaining a steady comfortable temperature on your home and spend the least amount possible on your utility bills, an upgrade might be a good move.

If you were to install an HVAC system today, it would more than likely be able to offer you plenty of enhancements and greater energy efficiency than any system you current have, if it is at least 7 years old or more.

Technology is continually evolving and this means that a modern HVAC system or even an upgrade on your existing model, will offer you the chance to enjoy greater control over the temperature level in your home and even offer you energy savings despite the fact that you have greater flexibility and control with a newer system.

The changing seasons are always good points in the year where you might want to review your options, and even if you are not in the market for a new system at the present time, you can at least get your system checked professionally and see where improvements might be made.

We all want to feel comfortable in our homes and with regular maintenance and checking your options for upgrades, you should be able to enjoy a comfortable temperature whatever the season.

Rebecca Potter works as a home renovation consultant. She loves sharing her insights on the internet. Her posts are available mainly on DIY and home renovating blog sites.