What a pleasure it is to at long last turn off the air conditioner in the fall, open the windows and enjoy some cool breezes. But when it finally gets cool enough to turn on the heat, it can be kind of puzzling how best to set the HVAC. Some days it may even still be warm enough for some air conditioning, while at nights, you might want some heat. What do you do about fall HVAC settings?
Heat or Cool?
You may have to switch back and forth between the furnace and air conditioner for the fall, until prevailing temperatures are cooler. But a good rule of thumb for the fall and winter is keeping a home at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer, most energy-saving guides recommend 78 degrees F.
If that's too warm for your household, you can help the home's occupants endure it by using ceiling fans or portable fans. Likewise, if 68 degrees F is too cool for some, you can ask them to wear layers of clothing or use an occasional space heater. More energy-efficient space heaters are being manufactured all the time, so it shouldn't break the budget.
Setting a Program
For the sake of year-round energy efficiency, set a heating or cooling program and stick to it. It's generally recommended keep the home at its coolest or warmest (depending on the season, naturally) in the mornings when people are getting up and getting ready for work or school, and then when they get home. You can set the thermostat back for those periods when people are away from home in the day or sleeping.
Of course, this will only work with a programmable or Wi-fi thermostat. If you still have an analog thermostat, you might think of upgrading in order to save energy. With a Wi-fi thermostat, you can adjust the temperature from an armchair, or from another part of the world.
For more about fall HVAC settings, or to schedule maintenance, repairs or equipment installation, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning. We serve San Diego and the surrounding area.