HVAC Tips for Winter in Hawaii

January 27th, 2021

The idea of spending winter in the Hawaiian Islands is something most mainlanders would consider a dream. However, the reality can be uncomfortable if the air in your home isn’t up to par. Having a proper HVAC system installed will bring you one step closer to “livin’ the dream.” 

Knowing where to find the best HVAC unit available is only half the battle. After that, you need the reassurance of a professional installation to keep your home at the right temperature all year long. 

Securing a reliable team of professionals for regular HVAC maintenance will help guarantee that your system runs flawlessly for years to come. Routine maintenance can also save you from spending thousands on a new unit before it’s due for an upgrade. 

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Before you decide which unit is right for your home, let’s discuss some tips to ensure your HVAC system runs well this winter. 

HVAC in the Winter?

While some of our neighbors in the continental US prepare for winter with snow shovels, things are different here on the islands. Winters in Hawaii tend to be cooler than summers. However, the mid-day temperature can still make your home uncomfortably warm. 

Aside from temperature control, a properly installed air conditioner will: 

  • Improve the air quality of your home by filtering out unwanted contaminants
  • Maintain your home’s humidity level with its ability to both add and remove moisture 
  • Enhance your sleep quality by maintaining the perfect temperature 24/7
  • Decrease the number of insects in your home with its filtration system, as well as allow you to keep windows and doors shut 

Air conditioning is often seen as a luxury, but it does have many essential benefits. The benefits are even more significant if you share your home with people or pets who are sensitive to temperature changes. Those with respiratory issues like asthma will appreciate the relief an air conditioning unit brings to their breathing. 

Protecting Your Home

An Hawaii houseYou just read about the filtration system keeping unwanted insects out of your home.

The protective benefits of an air conditioner extend beyond that. An AC can protect you and your family from environmental toxins. 

By having an air conditioner in the winter, you will: 

  • Enhance your air quality: Filtering indoor air helps to trap air pollutants, which you later dispose of each time you replace your air filter, keeping your family and your pets more healthy. 
  • Protect your electronics: Computer rooms are known for being ice cold, and there’s a reason for that. If your electronics sit in heat or humidity for too long, they won’t perform well and may get damaged.
  • Keep your furniture mold- and mildew-free: High humidity allows moisture to seep into furniture, rugs, and carpets, which can lead to harmful mold growth or putrid-smelling mildew. 

Not only can an air conditioner protect your home, but it can also save you money.

How HVAC Save You Money

Hawaii is known for having one of the highest costs of living in the US. If you’re like most, you look for ways to save money wherever you can. Typically, that may turn you away from wanting an air conditioner installed in your home. 

Consider that an AC can help save you money by: 

  • Protecting your home from pests: Without an AC to control the heat and humidity, your home is the perfect environment for cockroaches and centipedes. You then have two choices: introducing harmful chemicals into your home or hiring a costly exterminator. 
  • Reducing additional cooling needs like a ceiling fan or window fan. Fans do not change your home’s temperature but rather circulate existing air along with its humidity. Instead of racking up your electric bill for something that barely makes a difference, use an AC for efficient results. 
  • Preventing costly home repairs: Again, humidity is the culprit. Without an AC reducing excess moisture in your home, mold spores can reproduce into full colonies and lead to expensive home repairs. 
  • Eliminating unnecessary medical bills: The same mold that could wreak havoc on your home can also make you seriously ill. Mold has been known to cause serious, long-term medical issues; the filtration system, along with the humidity control that your AC offers, could prevent this altogether. 

Can You Have an HVAC System Installed in an Old Home?

You may think that your home’s age is a reason not to have an HVAC system installed this winter. What you may not know is that not all systems are made the same. 

Old homes in Hawaii have the potential to burn through electricity. This is because of how the houses are built, along with their lack of more modern insulation. Running a central air conditioning unit in a home like this would only increase your electric bill exponentially. 

A new HVAC system doesn’t necessarily mean central air conditioning, though. With options like split AC units, you have the option of controlling the temperature and humidity of specific areas in your house without running up your electric bill. 

Why You Should Maintain Your HVAC System

If you already have an HVAC system installed in your home and are wondering what you can do to make it more efficient this winter, look no further. Getting a 32-point AC tune-up will guarantee your system is in perfect working order. 

Our HVAC tune-ups cover everything from the motor and fans to the filtration system and electrical wiring. We leave no stone unturned, giving you peace of mind knowing that your system will keep your family comfortable.

Performing regular maintenance will save you money by: 

  • Reducing electricity usage with less stress being placed on the system
  • Preventing unit failure, which will save you from needing a costly new system
  • Having proper amounts of refrigerant to control the temperature and humidity levels efficiently 
  • Avoiding electrical shortages due to dated or poor-quality wiring that could cause serious damage 

Choose Island Comfort for Your Winter HVAC Installation

Your home is the most significant investment of your life, and we’re here to help you protect it. By installing an HVAC system from Island Comfort this winter, you’re not only protecting your home but also safeguarding your health. Our professional team is available year-round for your HVAC installation needs. 

Not sure what your best HVAC options are? Contact us today to see how we can help make you more comfortable this winter.