In New York, as the seasons change from summer to fall, the weather can be a little fickle. For example, on a beautiful autumn morning, the day feels warm, by lunchtime, you may even sweat from the warm temperature, but by nightfall, you need to wrap yourself up in a blanket burrito-style for warmth. Keeping your home comfortable seems to require switching back and forth between using your air conditioner and your heater considering these fluctuating temperatures. When it comes to needing to switch the heat and air conditioner back and forth so close together, many homeowners are concerned about the impact it might have on the HVAC system. With this in mind, we at NY NJ AC Connection would like to discuss the subject further.
How Do I Change my HVAC from AC to Heat?
In a nutshell, you do not need to be overly concerned as it is just fine to switch back and forth between your air conditioner and heater, even on the same day. There is a right way and a wrong way to make this switch, however. The few things to consider are listed below as you switch between your air conditioner and heater close together. It is critical that you do not anything that will drastically increase your energy bill or put your HVAC system through unnecessary wear and tear, while you want to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
What is a Good Temperature to Set Your Thermostat in the Summer & Winter?
Have the Thermostat Set to “Auto.” When your home has reached the thermostat’s designated temperature, be certain your HVAC system’s thermostat is set to “auto” so that it will automatically shut off t begin with. The unit will just keep running if in the event the thermostat is set to “on.” The Department of Energy recommends the following temperature settings to increase your energy savings:
In the summer: Set the thermostat at 78°F when you are at home and higher while you are away.
In the winter: Program the thermostat at 68°F while you are awake and lower while you are asleep or away from home.
Warm or Cool Your House Slowly
Allow the System’s Current Cycle to be Completed. Never do it while the unit is running, but if you want to switch from your cooling system to your heating system or vice versa. Wait until the cycle finishes. Once the complete switch the thermostat to “off.” Before turning your other system on, wait for at least five minutes. The more energy it’s going to use by the more of a temperature fluctuation your system needs to overcome. Though it is not always easy, this is why it is best to keep your home temperature as consistent as possible. Start by adjusting your thermostat by only a few degrees when switching from heating to cooling or vice versa. You put a lot less strain on your HVAC system when you allow your home to warm up or cool down gradually.