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How to Adjust Your Heating and Cooling System for Fluctuating Temperatures

Most people enjoy spring because the mild temperatures herald the return of summer. Unfortunately, the change between spring and summer isn’t always smooth. Depending on where you reside, you could have to endure some cool days intermingled with quite warm temperatures in the same week. This makes it tricky to control how warm or cold it is inside your residence.

The challenge of extremely differing temperatures—where it’s chilly one day and warm the next—may leave you unsure about how to set the HVAC system. Should you keep the air conditioning on all night or change to heating for comfort the next morning? This seasonal challenge doesn’t have just one remedy. The key to a comfortable, energy-efficient dwelling is to adopt the right strategies until Mother Nature makes up her mind. Here are some essential tips and practices to adapt your HVAC system during changing temperatures this spring.

Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

Investing in a programmable or smart thermostat is one of the easiest steps you can make for your heating and cooling system. In contrast to traditional thermostats that offer limited control, programmable thermostats let you set your preferred temperatures based on your schedule and comfort desires. This way, you can conserve power while you’re out, with automatic recovery periods that resume a comfortable setting before you get back.

A smart thermostat is better still. One exceptional function is the ability to quickly change between heating and cooling modes. This advanced functionality makes fluctuating temperatures much easier to deal with. Smart thermostats equipped with this function have a special heat/cool mode that automatically switches from your furnace to your AC when it senses indoor temperature swings. This simply means that on a spring day that starts out cool and warms up later in the day, your heating and cooling system can heat your home in the morning and cool it back down as the temperature rises, all without you having to do anything.

Establish a Temperature Everybody is Comfortable With

Finding your family’s ideal comfort zone is tricky when Mother Nature delivers temperature fluctuations. Preferably, you should maintain a temperature in the high 60s on cold days and high 70s on hot days to strike a balance between comfort and energy efficiency. Be sure to make changes throughout the day based on real-time temperature changes—or set your smart thermostat to heat/cool mode and let it handle everything.

If the battle over the thermostat rages in spite of your best efforts to keep everyone comfortable, it may be time to look into getting home zoning. This system features several thermostats and ductwork dampers to get air where it’s needed most. Zoning is especially advantageous in two-story homes and those with expansive windows. You can use zoning to keep the whole house at a more consistent temperature or let individuals to set the temperature in their area according to their comfort desires. For instance, Dad may well want a cooler atmosphere while he works in the home office, and the baby may need to have a warm, cozy nursery to nap in. Either way, zoning is the remedy.

Wear Layered Clothing

Spring is all about jeans and a sweatshirt in the morning, followed by shorts and a tank top a few hours later. Dress in layers so it’s convenient to get more comfortable with an outfit change instead of having to make a thermostat adjustment. This raises your comfort and lowers your reliance on heating and cooling.

Crank Open the Windows and Run Fans

Reap the benefits of mild spring temperatures to help keep your home more comfortable. For instance, your furnace might run in the morning after a cold night, and continue running throughout the day as the temperature rises outside. Or, you could warm your home naturally by opening the windows to allow sunlight and a warm breeze into the building. If the indoor temperature gets too warm, close the windows and turn on ceiling fans to create a wind chill effect. This may help you avoid the need for air conditioning.

Don’t Forget About HVAC Maintenance

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

    • Check the air filter monthly and change it when it looks dirty.
    • Make sure the condensate drain is free-flowing.
    • Dust the air registers and make sure they’re all open and unobstructed.
    • Gently spray off the exterior AC unit, clear away all debris and cut back surrounding vegetation.

We’re Here for Your HVAC Needs

If you still have trouble using your HVAC system to cope with up-and-down temperatures, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide fast, reliable solutions custom designed to resolve your comfort needs in the U.S.. Our devotion to excellence is apparent thanks to our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not completely happy with our service, you can count on the team at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make it right. For help with any of your home comfort issues, call us at 866-397-3787 today.

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