Hot One Day, Cold the Next: How to Use Your HVAC When Temperatures Fluctuate


The spring season is a tricky transition from the winter because it can be cold in the mornings and at night, but hot by noon. So what does this mean for your HVAC? Should you keep cool at night, even when temperatures drop? Or should you turn the heater on for your comfort? You might be wondering if there are risks to using both your air conditioning and heating in one day. To answer your question, no there are no risks, but your HVAC will, naturally, experience some wear over time. Although, it is nothing to be concerned about. In order to learn how to best regulate temperatures when dealing with the transition of the seasons, we provide some tips! 

Install a Programmable Thermostat 

A smart thermostat is one of the best tools you can invest in when using your air conditioner and heater in one day. With a manual thermostat, you lack time control, meaning your heating or cooling could operate for longer than it should. In turn, this just leads to more energy consumption and higher costs in utility bills. A smart thermostat allows you to control your air, cutting unnecessary energy consumption. You can inquire about these thermostats when getting HVAC maintenance done. 

Set a Temperature Everyone is Comfortable With

During this time of fluctuating temperatures and cold winds, it is important to find a middle ground in temperatures. Oftentimes, the high sixties or low seventies make for the best temperatures in your home, where your home doesn’t risk being too hot or too cold. You can slightly adjust temperatures depending on how cold or hot it gets throughout the day. The ideal temperature for living spaces is seventy degrees Fahrenheit, while the ideal temperature for bedrooms is sixty-eight degrees Fahrenheit. 

Get Your Household Used to Lower Temperature Settings 

By now, your household should already be getting used to colder temperatures, no longer feeling the need for high settings, even if the weather drops in temperatures. Once you and your family become acclimated to the spring, you can decrease your home’s temperature by one degree each week. While it may not seem like a lot, you can experience a small percentage in savings in your home’s utility bills. 

Adjust Home Temperature Zones 

To keep your home as comfortable as possible during times of changes in temperatures, it would do your household some good to look into a multi-zone heating and cooling system to adjust temperatures in several areas of your home. You could give big areas and rooms in your home their own thermostat so you can adjust based on the needs of different zones in your home. This is especially helpful in two-story homes because these residential buildings are known for being rather warm on the second story and colder on the first story. 

Keep Up with Your Heating System 

If you still have your heating system running during the spring, even if it is not as much as you did in the winter, it is still important to keep up with the maintenance of your system. This is because your heater is being used more than anticipated. By staying on top of maintenance for your heater, you won’t have to worry about unwanted repairs later down the road. With that, replace air filters and schedule maintenance for your heater regularly. 

Open Windows and Turn On Fans During the Day

There are many ways to keep cool and warm and save energy all at the same time! To keep your home cool without running the air conditioner too much, try to open windows and use your fans during the day. If you are experiencing cold temperatures, open your drapes or blinds during the day to help heat up your home. If your ceiling fans run in counter-clockwise directions, this will help pull heated air away, making your room feel cooler, if warm temperatures are your concern. 

Double Up on Layers at Night 

To keep yourself warm at night (if and when temperatures drop) without having to rely on your heater, use heavier blankets and more layers when going to bed. This also helps your body get used to regulating comfortable temperatures on its own without having to rely on a heater or air conditioner. Should you feel the need, you can use your heater sparingly and turn it off whenever leaving your room. 

Look for Solutions for Your HVAC with the Professionals at Custom Cooling 

Maintaining your home temperature is an essential part of living and comfort when transitioning from one season to another. Should you have any concerns or repairs you want to take care of before warmer temperatures come into play, we’re more than happy to help. Contact us, today.