How to Adjust Your Thermostat for Fluctuating Temperatures

Most people look forward to spring because the warming temperatures are a sign of the return of summer. Then again, the transition isn’t always smooth. Depending on where you reside, you may well encounter some cold days intermingled with unseasonably hot temperatures in a single week. This makes it tricky to manage your indoor climate.

The issue 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 remedy. The answer to a comfortable, energy-efficient dwelling is to use the right strategies until Mother Nature makes up her mind. Here are some important tips and techniques 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 steps you can make for your heating and cooling system. In contrast to older thermostats that offer reduced control, programmable models let you set your desired temperatures based on your schedule and comfort choices. When you do this, you can save electricity while you’re out and about, with automatic recovery periods that resume a comfortable setting before you get back.

A smart thermostat is even better. One exceptional attribute is the ability to quickly switch between heating and cooling modes. This advanced functionality makes fluctuating temperatures much easier to deal with. Smart thermostats that come with this function have a distinct 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 later in the day, your HVAC can heat your home in the morning and cool it back down as the temperature rises, all by itself.

Set a Temperature Your Entire Household is Comfortable With

Finding your family’s ideal comfort zone is challenging during times of temperature fluctuations. Preferably, you should set a temperature in the high 60s on cold days and high 70s on warm days to strike a balance between comfort and energy efficiency. Feel free to make modifications throughout the day based on real-time temperature changes—or turn your smart thermostat to heat/cool mode and let it manage everything.

If the war over the thermostat rages even with your best efforts to keep everyone comfortable, it may be time to consider home zoning. This system uses several thermostats and ductwork dampers to send air where it’s needed most. Zoning is very useful 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 adjust the temperature in their area according to their comfort desires. For instance, Dad might want a cooler setting in the home office, whereas the baby may need to have a warm, cozy nursery to nap in. Either way, zoning is the fix.

Dress Appropriately

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 very simple to get more comfortable with an outfit change instead of having to make a thermostat adjustment. This raises your comfort and reduces your reliance on heating and cooling.

Crank Open the Windows and Run Fans

Take advantage of mild outside temperatures to help keep your home more comfortable. For example, your furnace may run in the morning after a chilly 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 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 to run your air conditioner.

Don’t Forget About HVAC Maintenance

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

    • Inspect 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 not covered by furniture, rugs or appliances.
    • Hose down the exterior AC unit, clear away nearby debris and cut back surrounding vegetation.

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If you still have trouble adjusting your HVAC system to cope with fluctuating temperatures, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide fast, practical solutions tailored to 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 all of your home comfort concerns, call us at 866-397-3787 today.

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