How to Adjust Your Heating and Cooling System for Changing Temperatures

Most people appreciate spring because the mild temperatures signal the return of summer. However, the changeover between seasons isn’t always easy. Depending on where you reside, you may possibly experience some very chilly days intermingled with quite warm temperatures in the span of a week. This makes it challenging to control your indoor climate.

The issue of drastically changing temperatures—where it’s cool one day and warm the next—may leave you at a loss about how to set the HVAC system. Should you keep the air conditioner on all night or change to heating for comfort the next morning? This very common challenge doesn’t have a single solution. The answer to a comfortable, energy-efficient dwelling is to adopt the right strategies until Mother Nature makes up her mind. Here are some indispensable tips and tactics to best manage your HVAC system during fluctuating temperatures this spring.

Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

Investing in a programmable or smart thermostat is one of the simplest moves you can make for your heating and cooling system. As opposed to traditional thermostats that offer modest control, programmable designs let you set your preferred temperatures based on your schedule and comfort desires. By doing this, you can save energy while you’re away, with automatic recovery periods that resume a comfortable setting before you return home.

A smart thermostat is better yet. One standout attribute is the ability to easily change between heating and cooling modes. This advanced functionality makes changing temperatures much easier to tackle. Smart thermostats equipped with this feature have a unique heat/cool mode that easily switches from your furnace to your AC when it registers indoor temperature swings. This simply means that on a spring day that starts out chilly and warms up throughout the day, your thermostat can heat your home in the morning and cool it back down as the temperature rises, all by itself.

Establish a Temperature Everyone is Comfortable With

Finding your family’s ideal comfort zone is tricky during times of temperature fluctuations. Preferably, you should set a temperature in the high 60s on chilly days and high 70s on hot days to strike a balance between comfort and energy efficiency. Do not hesitate to make modifications 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 struggle over the thermostat continues even with your best efforts to keep everyone comfortable, it may be time to look into getting home zoning. This system combines several thermostats and ductwork dampers to send air where it’s needed most. Zoning is very helpful 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 change the temperature in their area according to their comfort settings. For instance, Dad might want a cooler atmosphere while he works in the home office, and the baby might require a warm, cozy nursery to nap in. Either way, zoning is the remedy.

Dress in Layers

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 easy to get more comfortable with an outfit change as an alternative to having to make a thermostat adjustment. This enhances your comfort and lowers your use of your home heating and cooling.

Throw Open Your Windows and Use Fans

Reap the benefits of mild outdoor temperatures to help make your home more comfortable. As an example, your furnace might run in the morning after a cold night, and continue running throughout the day as the temperature gets warmer outside. Or, you could warm your home naturally by opening the windows to allow sunlight and a warm breeze into the building. If your home starts to get too hot, close the windows and switch on ceiling fans to produce a wind chill effect. This may prevent the need for air conditioning.

Don’t Forget About HVAC Maintenance

Even if you run your HVAC system less in the spring, routine maintenance is still essential to avoid unexpected repair visits. Here’s how to keep your furnace and air conditioning equipment running properly:

    • Check the air filter monthly and change it when it appears dirty.
    • Make sure the condensate drain is free-flowing.
    • Dust the air registers and make sure they’re all open and unobstructed.
    • Use a hose to wash off the outdoor AC unit, clear away any debris and cut back surrounding vegetation.

Your Comfort, Our Commitment

If you still have a problem with how to use your HVAC system to cope with fluctuating temperatures, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide fast, practical solutions for your comfort needs in the U.S.. Our commitment to quality is apparent thanks to our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not extremely happy with our service, you can rely on the team at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make it right. For help with any of your home comfort concerns, contact us at 866-397-3787 today.

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