As we move closer to winter, the Perdido, FL, area may have some cooler nights. You may want to switch over to heat to make your home more comfortable. Switching from AC to heat or vice versa often is not bad for your HVAC system when you do it the right way.

The Best Way to Switch Between AC and Heat

If you need to switch between AC and heat, you must allow your unit to finish its current cycle. Once the cycle completes, turn your thermostat to OFF. Wait five minutes before you switch to heat or AC.

Practice Patience When Switching

The five-minute wait is important if you are running your AC and want to switch to heat. The refrigerant in your AC is under high pressure when your system is running. It must return to its starting pressure; otherwise, it could lock up your compressor and trip the AC’s circuit breaker.

Protect Your System From Working Too Hard

Using both your AC and heat gives your HVAC a dual workout. Instead of setting your desired temperature right away, gradually raise the temperature a few degrees at a time. This gradually warms up the air-conditioned air instead of working hard to warm it up immediately.

Consider Getting a Smart Thermostat

Upgrading to a smart thermostat can make the process of keeping your home at a comfortable temperature easier. It can also help save on your energy costs as it will automatically run your AC at the times you program into it. The thermostat can then switch to heat at the time you set it to.

Preventive Maintenance Is Essential

If you use both your AC and heat often, you should make sure that your HVAC is professionally serviced at least twice a year. Preventive maintenance in the fall and the spring will keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. In Perdido, FL, call Lunsford Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule your next maintenance service.

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