How to Adjust Your Heating and Cooling System for Changing Temperatures

Most people appreciate spring because the warm temperatures signal the return of summer. Unfortunately, the changeover between seasons isn’t always easy. Depending on where you live, you may encounter some wintery days intermingled with quite warm temperatures in the span of a week. This makes it challenging to manage your indoor climate.

The problem of fluctuating temperatures—where it’s cold one day and warm the next—may leave you unsure about how to set the HVAC system. Should you keep the AC on all night or flip the thermostat mode over to heating for comfort the next morning? This seasonal dilemma doesn’t have a single remedy. The answer to a comfortable, energy-efficient residence is to embrace the right strategies until Mother Nature makes up her mind. Here are some easy-to-use tips and practices to best manage your HVAC system during changing temperatures this spring.

Use a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

Investing in a programmable or smart thermostat is one of the simplest moves you can make for your furnace and air conditioning system. Unlike older thermostats that offer reduced control, programmable models let you set your preferred temperatures based on your schedule and comfort choices. When you do this, you can avoid using unnecessary energy while you’re not in the home, with automatic recovery periods that resume a comfortable setting before you get back.

A smart thermostat is better still. One exceptional feature is the ability to quickly change between heating and cooling modes. This advanced functionality makes fluctuating temperatures much easier to overcome. Smart thermostats that come with this function have a unique heat/cool mode that easily switches from your furnace to your cooling system when it registers indoor temperature changes. What this means is on a spring day that starts out chilly and warms up throughout the day, your heating and cooling system can heat your home in the morning and cool it back down as the temperature rises, all by itself.

Establish a Temperature Everybody is Comfortable With

Finding your family’s ideal comfort zone is tricky during times of temperature fluctuations. Ideally, you should aim for a temperature in the high 60s on chilly days and high 70s on warm days to find a balance between comfort and energy efficiency. Be sure to make adjustments throughout the day based on real-time temperature changes—or turn your smart thermostat to heat/cool mode and let it control everything.

If the struggle over the thermostat rages even with your best efforts to keep everyone comfortable, it may be time to consider home zoning. This system features multiple thermostats and ductwork dampers to send air where it’s needed most. Zoning is particularly beneficial in two-story homes and those with grand windows. You can use zoning to keep your entire house at a more consistent temperature or enable individuals to adjust the temperature in their area according to their comfort preferences. As an example, Dad may well want a cooler temperature in the home office, whereas the baby may need a warm, cozy nursery to nap in. In either case, zoning is the answer.

Dress in Layers

In spring, it’s typical to wear jeans and a sweatshirt in the morning, followed by shorts and a tank top later in the day. Dress yourself in layers so it’s very simple to improve your comfort with an outfit change instead of having to make a thermostat adjustment. This enhances your comfort and reduces your use of your home heating and cooling.

Open Windows and Run Fans

Take full advantage of mild spring temperatures to help keep your home more comfortable. For example, your furnace could run in the morning after a chilly night, and continue running throughout the day as the temperature increases outside. Or, you could increase the temperature in your home naturally by opening the windows to bring sunlight and a warm breeze into the residence. If your home starts to get too hot, close the windows and switch on ceiling fans to produce a wind chill effect. This may reduce the need to turn on your AC.

Don’t Forget About HVAC Maintenance

Even if you operate your heating and cooling system less in the spring, routine maintenance is still essential to avoid unexpected repair visits. Here’s how to keep your HVAC equipment running smoothly:

    • Examine the air filter monthly and change it when it looks dirty.
    • Make sure the condensate drain is isn’t blocked.
    • Dust the air registers and make sure they’re all open and not covered by furniture, rugs or appliances.
    • Gently spray off the outdoor AC unit, clear away all debris and trim back surrounding vegetation.

We’re Here for Your HVAC Needs

If you still have a problem adjusting your HVAC system to cope with fluctuating temperatures, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide fast, practical solutions custom designed to resolve your comfort needs in the U.S.. Our devotion to quality is apparent thanks to our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not extremely happy with our service, you can expect the team at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make it right. For help solving your home comfort problems, call us at 866-397-3787 today.

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