How to Adjust Your Thermostat for Changing Temperatures

Most people look forward to spring because the warm temperatures herald the return of summer. However, the change between spring and summer isn’t always calm. Depending on where you reside, you could encounter some cold days intermingled with quite warm temperatures in a single week. This makes it difficult to manage the temperature inside your home.

The issue of drastically changing temperatures—where it’s chilly 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 flip the thermostat mode over to heating for comfort the next morning? This very common dilemma doesn’t have a single solution. The secret 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 adjust 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 easiest moves you can make for your HVAC system. In contrast to traditional thermostats that offer reduced control, programmable designs let you set your desired temperatures based on your schedule and comfort desires. When you do this, you can avoid using unnecessary electricity while you’re out and about, with automatic recovery periods that resume a comfortable setting before you return home.

A smart thermostat is better yet. One standout function is the ability to automatically transition between heating and cooling modes. This advanced functionality makes up-and-down temperatures much easier to manage. Smart thermostats that come with this function have a special heat/cool mode that automatically switches from your furnace to your AC when it recognizes indoor temperature shifts. What this means is on a spring day that starts out chilly and warms up later in the day, your thermostat can heat your home in the morning and cool it back down as the temperature rises, all by itself.

Find a Temperature Everyone is Comfortable With

Finding your family’s ideal comfort zone is difficult during times of temperature fluctuations. If at all possible, you should maintain a temperature in the high 60s on cold days and high 70s on warmer days to find a balance between comfort and energy efficiency. Feel free to make modifications throughout the day based on real-time temperature changes—or set your smart thermostat to heat/cool mode and let it control everything.

If the struggle over the thermostat continues despite your best efforts to keep everyone comfortable, it may be time to look into getting 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 the whole house at a more consistent temperature or enable individuals to set the temperature in their area according to their comfort desires. 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 Appropriately

In spring, it’s typical to wear 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 very simple to stay comfy with an outfit change instead of having to make a thermostat adjustment. This enhances your comfort and reduces your use of your home heating and cooling.

Open Up Windows and Use Fans

Take advantage of mild outdoor temperatures to help keep your home more comfortable. For example, your furnace may run in the morning after a cold night, and continue running throughout the day as the temperature rises outside. Or, you could heat your home naturally by opening the windows to bring sunlight and a warm breeze into your home. If your home starts to get too hot, close the windows and start up ceiling fans to produce a wind chill effect. This may help you avoid the need for air conditioning.

Don’t Neglect HVAC Maintenance

Even if you utilize your HVAC 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 smoothly:

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

Call Us for Your Heating and Cooling Needs

If you still have trouble adjusting your HVAC system to cope with up-and-down temperatures, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide fast, effective solutions tailored to your comfort needs in the U.S.. Our dedication to quality is apparent thanks to our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not extremely happy with our service, you can expect the team at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing to make it right. For help addressing your home comfort challenges, contact us at 866-397-3787 today.

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