Transitioning your HVAC system from summer functions to fall and winter is not as simple as just turning the AC off. You should ease both your home and your air conditioning system into the next season. Here are some tips to help you make the switch as smooth as possible:
Use Fans and Open Windows
Once the weather starts to mellow out, you can at least turn the air conditioning unit to a lower setting. Once you do that, start using your ceiling fans a little bit more and opening windows. Not only does it take some of the burdens off your air conditioner, but it also allows your house to air out and stay fresh.
Close the Blinds
Although this is a great summer tactic to take the strain off of your air conditioner, it works for just about any season. Approximately 25% of your home’s hot and cold air is lost through small cracks and holes, which means curtains and blinds are great energy savers. They not only keep the sun and heat out in the summer, but they also keep cool in when you need them to.
Turn the AC Off at Night
During the Fall, not only is the weather during the day getting milder, the nights are becoming even cooler. This is a great time of year to save energy by turning your AC off at night. Open a window and leave a few fans on in the house to circulate the cool night air and you’ll wake up in a home that feels fresh and cool without breaking the bank before autumn fully sets in.
Keep in mind on warmer nights, it will take more energy to cool your home once the AC unit is turned back on than it would have, had you left your air conditioner on the entire time. Check the weather before going to sleep and rely on your AC unit for when the temperature does spike back up.
Though you may not think it, your HVAC services need preventative maintenance at least twice every year. This is the perfect transitional time to have your system inspected. Not only should you have your AC inspected, but your furnace needs a checkup as well. It’s just as important to repair any damage done over the summer months as it is to prepare your heating system for the cold of winter.
- “4 Tips to Help You Transition Your HVAC System from Summer to Fall” Pioneer HVAC
- “Running Your Air Conditioner in the Fall” BR McGinty