Now that fall is here in Vista, CA, mornings and nights are chillier, so you may start turning on your heat. However, during the day, you may still need your AC. Here’s what you need to know about whether going from AC to heat every day will ruin your HVAC system.
Tips for Switching Between AC and Heat
It’s okay to switch between AC and heat or vice versa, but you need to do it the right way to prevent any problems. If you need to switch, make sure that you allow your unit to complete its current cycle, whether it is on AC or heat, and turn the thermostat to OFF. Then wait five minutes before switching to heat or AC.
What Happens If You Switch Too Soon?
It is important to wait five minutes, especially if your system is set to AC. That waiting period allows the refrigerant to return to its starting pressure. If you switch it back on too soon, the high pressure can cause your compressor to lock up and trip a circuit breaker.
How to Prevent Your System from Overworking
Using both your AC and heat means that your HVAC system is doing double duty. Lower or raise the temperature by a few degrees at a time until you reach the perfect temperature. This helps prevent your system from working too hard.
A Smart Thermostat Can Help
A more efficient way of maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home is by using a smart thermostat. You can program the thermostat to cycle your AC on and off at a preset temperature during the day. This helps keep your heater from working harder at night and cuts down on unnecessary energy consumption.
Keeping Your HVAC System Running Smoothly
Preventive maintenance is essential to ensuring that your HVAC system runs smoothly, especially if you use both your AC and heat on some days. You should have your system professionally maintained twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Contact West Coast Heating, Air Conditioning, and Solar to schedule your preventive maintenance service today!
Image provided by iStock