How to Adjust Your Thermostat for Fluctuating Temperatures

Most people enjoy spring because the warming temperatures are a sign of the return of summer. Unfortunately, the transition isn’t always smooth. Depending on where you reside, you may well experience some cold days intermingled with near-summer temperatures in a single week. This makes it tricky to manage how warm or cold it is inside your residence.

The challenge of fluctuating temperatures—where it’s cool one day and warm the next—may leave you feeling puzzled 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 seasonal challenge doesn’t have just one answer. The secret to a comfortable, energy-efficient dwelling is to use the right strategies until Mother Nature makes up her mind. Here are some essential tips and tactics 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 best steps you can make for your furnace and air conditioning system. As opposed to traditional thermostats that offer reduced control, programmable designs let you set your chosen temperatures based on your schedule and comfort preferences. By doing this, you can save 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 yet. One particularly useful attribute is the ability to automatically transition between heating and cooling modes. This advanced functionality makes fluctuating temperatures much easier to tackle. Smart thermostats equipped with this function have a distinct heat/cool mode that easily switches from your furnace to your AC when it senses indoor temperature changes. 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 Your Entire Household is Comfortable With

Finding your family’s ideal comfort zone is difficult when you’re dealing with temperature fluctuations. If at all possible, you should maintain a temperature in the high 60s on cold days and high 70s on hot days to find 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 take care of everything.

If the battle over the thermostat will not go away even with your best efforts to keep everyone comfortable, it may be time to consider home zoning. This system features numerous thermostats and ductwork dampers to send air where it’s needed most. Zoning is very advantageous in two-story homes and those with expansive windows. You can use zoning to keep every room in the house at a more consistent temperature or allow individuals to adjust the temperature in their area according to their comfort preferences. For instance, Dad may well want a cooler setting in the home office, while the baby may need a warm, cozy nursery to nap in. In any event, zoning is the fix.

Dress in Layers

Spring is the season where you may wear 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 increases your comfort and reduces your use of your home heating and cooling.

Open Up Windows and Use Fans

Reap the benefits of mild outdoor temperatures to help keep your home more comfortable. For instance, your furnace may 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 turn on ceiling fans to generate a wind chill effect. This may prevent the need for air conditioning.

Don’t Neglect HVAC Maintenance

Even if you run your heating and cooling system less in the spring, regular maintenance is still important to avoid unexpected repair visits. Here’s how to keep your heating and cooling equipment running properly:

    • Examine the air filter monthly and change it when it is dirty.
    • Make sure the condensate drain is free-flowing.
    • 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 any debris and prune back surrounding vegetation.

We’re Here for Your HVAC Needs

If you still have trouble using your HVAC system to cope with changing 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 craftsmanship is apparent thanks to our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not totally 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, phone us at 866-397-3787 today.

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