How to Adjust Your HVAC System for Changing Temperatures

Most people enjoy spring because the mild temperatures are a sign of the return of summer. Unfortunately, the changeover between seasons isn’t always smooth. Depending on where you reside, you could encounter some cold days intermingled with unseasonably hot temperatures in the span of a week. This makes it difficult to control the temperature inside your home.

The problem 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 conditioner on all night or change to heating for comfort the next morning? This all-too-common issue doesn’t have just one solution. The answer to a comfortable, energy-efficient home is to use the right strategies until Mother Nature makes up her mind. Here are some essential tips and tactics to adapt your HVAC system during fluctuating temperatures this spring.

Use a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

Investing in a programmable or smart thermostat is one of the best moves you can make for your heating and cooling system. As opposed to traditional thermostats that offer modest control, programmable thermostats let you set your chosen temperatures based on your schedule and comfort needs. This way, you can avoid using unnecessary power while you’re not in the home, with automatic recovery periods that resume a comfortable setting before you return home.

A smart thermostat is even more advanced. One exceptional feature is the ability to quickly change between heating and cooling modes. This advanced functionality makes fluctuating temperatures much easier to contend with. Smart thermostats that come with this ability have a distinct heat/cool mode that easily switches from your furnace to your AC when it recognizes indoor temperature swings. This means on a spring day that starts out chilly and warms up by the afternoon, your thermostat can heat your home in the morning and cool it back down as the temperature rises, all by itself.

Find a Temperature Your Entire Household is Comfortable With

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

If the war over the thermostat rages despite your best efforts to keep everyone comfortable, it may be time to start thinking about home zoning. This system combines multiple thermostats and ductwork dampers to direct air where it’s needed most. Zoning is especially useful in two-story homes and those with grand windows. You can use zoning to keep every room in the house at a more consistent temperature or enable individuals to set the temperature in their area according to their comfort settings. As an example, Dad may well want a cooler setting in the home office, while the baby may need a warm, cozy nursery to nap in. In either case, zoning is the solution.

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 yourself in layers so it’s easy to stay comfy with an outfit change as an alternative to having to make a thermostat adjustment. This raises your comfort and reduces your reliance on heating and cooling.

Throw Open Your Windows and Turn On The Fans

Make the most of mild outdoor temperatures to help make your home more comfortable. For instance, your furnace might run in the morning after a cool night, and continue running throughout the day as the temperature increases outside. Or, you could heat your home naturally by opening the windows to bring sunlight and a warm breeze into your home. If the indoor temperature gets too warm, close the windows and start up ceiling fans to produce a wind chill effect. This may prevent the need to turn on your AC.

Don’t Forget About HVAC Maintenance

Even if you utilize your HVAC system less in the spring, routine maintenance is still important 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 unblocked.
    • Use a hose to wash off the outdoor AC unit, clear away any debris and trim back surrounding vegetation.

Call Us for Your Heating and Cooling Needs

If you still have difficulty adjusting your HVAC system to cope with fluctuating 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 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 issues, call us at 866-397-3787 today.

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