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Tips For Staying Comfortable As the Season Transitions to Fall


As the weather moves from summer to fall, you may feel as if you’re constantly adjusting your thermostat. The mornings may be chiller, so you don’t need your AC on as early, but the afternoons can still be blistering. If you don’t catch the afternoon heat in time, your AC runs much longer than usual, trying to get your home back to a comfortable temperature. So how do you respond to fluctuating temperatures without running your AC bill up or without sacrificing your comfort?

Below we look at a few helpful tips to help you transition from summer to fall without breaking the bank.

#1: Pay Attention to Inside & Outside Temperatures

We tend to adjust our thermostats reactively. We feel too warm, so we adjust things. What’s important to understand is that by the time we notice that the temperature inside is too high, it has likely gone significantly higher than where you’d like it. Your AC will then need to run longer to get back down where you want it.

Additionally, when responding to temperatures reactively, we tend to turn the AC on or off instead of adjusting the schedule or temperature settings. The back and forth of turning your cooling system on and off costs you money and undue wear and tear on your system. However, by being more proactive, we can improve our overall comfort levels and adjust our thermostats less often. Moving forward, pay attention to the weather, and on days when it’s projected to reach temperatures that will likely cause your home’s temperature to rise, adjust your thermostat schedule accordingly.

#2: Rely on Your AC Less

While temperatures are more erratic but trending cooler, see if you can rely on your AC less. Open windows at night and in the morning while temperatures are cooler, bringing fresh air in with the help of fans. As temperatures outside increase, close up your windows and draw your blinds to block the sun from coming in. This will help keep your indoor temperatures down and reduce the amount your AC needs to run.

#3: Wait To Turn On Your Furnace

Just as you can reduce your reliance on your air conditioner, you can also put off turning your furnace on. In the period between summer and autumn, we are sometimes tempted to turn our heaters on in the mornings or at night when the temperature drops. However, this often ends up overheating our homes, causing us to turn the AC on in the afternoon. This back and forth wreaks havoc on our comfort and our wallets.

Other ways to delay turning on your furnace include:

  • Wear socks and warmer clothing while inside
  • Put heavier sheets and blankets on your bed
  • Make sure windows and doors are sealed properly to prevent drafts
  • Install insulated curtains over your blinds to act as further insulation

#4: Use Your Heat/Cool Setting

Some smart thermostats have a heat/cool setting that allows you to set parameters for both how warm you want your home and how cool you’re willing to let it get. The heat/cool setting is great for energy savings and can be used during transition periods where temperatures fluctuate to the point where you need both your AC and your heater. To maximize your energy savings, we recommend setting the HVAC system triggering temperatures slightly warmer and slightly cooler than you’d ordinarily like it and employing the tactics above to reduce how much your system needs to work.

#5: Schedule Heater Maintenance Now

The last but certainly not least thing you should do to help transition your HVAC system from summer to autumn is to schedule your annual heater maintenance with Legendair. After sitting all summer without being used, your heater will need to be cleaned and serviced at high-quality standards. During your maintenance visit, our heater maintenance pros at LegendAir will review your entire system, identifying any repair issues, worn parts, or other problems. All of this works to help ensure that your system is in good working condition and is prepared and ready for the cold weather ahead.