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It’s over 94 degrees outside as I’m writing this column and who knows what the temperature will be while you read it in the Gazette. However in Houston, we all know that eventually the seasons will change and things will cool off. Like I said, eventually.

But no matter what the temperature is outside, how can you achieve that perfect indoor environment? The key is proper use and maintenance of your air conditioning system.

Schedule a winter check-up

Before winter and holiday guests arrive, have a routine maintenance check performed on your furnace. This check-up will ensure that all components are working properly, safely and efficiently.

Upgrade to variable speed heating

Variable speed heating enhances your indoor comfort while using less energy. “Variable speed” refers to how a furnace’s indoor blower motor operates. It allows your furnace to operate at an energy-efficient lower speed and when necessary, a higher speed for increased warmth. With this smarter system, your furnace doesn’t have to turn on and off as much which will save money, and you won’t experience uncomfortable drops or rises in temperature.

Have a programmable thermostat installed

With a programmable thermostat, you can pre-set temperatures to match your daily schedule, whether you’re at home relaxing or away for the holidays. The newer thermostats have touchscreen controls which are easy to use and some terrific side benefits like informing you what the temperature is outside so you know how much (or little) to bundle up, and when it’s time to change your air filter.

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