How to Adjust Your Thermostat for Fluctuating Temperatures

Most people enjoy spring because the mild temperatures herald the return of summer. However, the transition isn’t always easy. Depending on where you reside, you could encounter some cold days intermingled with unseasonably hot temperatures in a single week. This makes it difficult to control your indoor climate.

The challenge of fluctuating temperatures—where it’s cool one day and warm the next—may leave you unsure about how to set the HVAC system. Should you keep the air conditioning on all night or flip the thermostat mode over to heating for comfort the next morning? This seasonal dilemma doesn’t have just one remedy. The secret to a comfortable, energy-efficient dwelling is to use the right strategies until Mother Nature makes up her mind. Here are some indispensable tips and tactics to adjust your HVAC system during up-and-down temperatures this spring.

Use 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. Unlike traditional thermostats that offer minimal control, programmable thermostats let you set your chosen temperatures based on your schedule and comfort needs. By doing this, you can conserve energy while you’re not in the home, with automatic recovery periods that resume a comfortable setting before you arrive back at your residence.

A smart thermostat is even better. One particularly useful attribute is the ability to easily change between heating and cooling modes. This advanced functionality makes changing temperatures much easier to overcome. Smart thermostats equipped with this feature have a special heat/cool mode that automatically switches from your furnace to your air conditioner when it registers indoor temperature shifts. This simply means that on a spring day that starts out chilly and warms up throughout the day, your HVAC 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 challenging when you’re dealing with temperature fluctuations. Preferably, you should maintain a temperature in the high 60s on chilly days and high 70s on warmer 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 take care of everything.

If the struggle over the thermostat continues despite your best efforts to keep everyone comfortable, it may be time to consider home zoning. This system combines multiple thermostats and ductwork dampers to direct air where it’s needed most. Zoning is particularly 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 let individuals to set the temperature in their area according to their comfort settings. As an example, Dad may want a cooler temperature in the home office, whereas the baby may need a warm, cozy nursery to nap in. In either case, 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. Wear layers so it’s easy to improve your comfort with an outfit change instead of having to make a thermostat adjustment. This increases your comfort and reduces your dependence on heating and cooling.

Crank Open the Windows and Turn On The Fans

Make the most of mild outdoor temperatures to help keep your home more comfortable. As an example, your furnace might run in the morning after a chilly 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 the residence. 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 to turn on your AC.

Don’t Forget About HVAC Maintenance

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

    • Check the air filter monthly and change it when it looks dirty.
    • Make sure the condensate drain is isn’t blocked.
    • Dust the air registers and make sure they’re all open and unblocked.
    • Gently spray off the outside AC unit, clear away any debris and cut back surrounding vegetation.

We’re Here for Your HVAC Needs

If you still have a problem using your HVAC system to cope with up-and-down temperatures, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We provide fast, reliable solutions tailored to your comfort needs in the U.S.. Our devotion to quality 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 problems, phone us at 866-397-3787 today.

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