The Uncertainty Of Fall

person adjusting central heating thermostat

The Fall season is a perfect blend of comfortably warm days and cool nights.  Florida typically experiences a 15° to 17° difference in temperature from daytime to nighttime, but the autumn weather poses a unique challenge.  In the summer you consistently rely on your air conditioning system, and in winter, your furnace is your “go to” HVAC choice.  In the Fall, though, you may use the air conditioning during the day and the heater at night.  If your HVAC system is well-maintained, you are unlikely to experience breakdowns, but your utility costs will increase during this time of year.  As a leading HVAC contractor, And Services is a respected resource for homeowners who want to keep their utility costs low and homes comfortable throughout the year.  Here are some tips for keeping your energy use affordable during the Fall months.

First, What is a “Well-Maintained” HVAC System?

Having a well-maintained HVAC system depends on two factors:

  • The age of the system
  • The frequency of professional maintenance and repairs

Even with regular maintenance, older systems may not be designed to run efficiently, especially when the outdoor temperatures fluctuate, such as what occurs during the Fall.  But having your older system maintained by And Services gives you a greater chance of keeping your utility costs within your budget.

Your entire HVAC system should be professionally inspected and serviced at least once each year.  Additionally, an experienced technician from And Services should evaluate your air conditioning system in the Spring and your heating system in the Fall.  These seasonal inspections are intended to verify that your system is operational before the outdoor temperatures reach the highs of Summer and lows of Winter.

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats are one of the best modern devices to regulate your energy use.  Unfortunately, these thermostats cannot predict the weather.  The devices will simply maintain an even indoor temperature.  When the weather forecast predicts higher or lower temperatures on specific days during the upcoming week, you may want to adjust the programmed temperature settings in your thermostat.

Open the Windows and Use Fans

Instead of using your air conditioning system to cool your home during the day, the comfortable outdoor temperatures mean that you can use nature to cool your home.  Opening a window to let in a refreshing breeze is completely free, and ceiling fans can help circulate the air throughout your home.  You may also have some window box fans, and these little fans can pull air into the home.

Be Certain With And Services

And Services technicians are specially trained to perform Spring and Fall maintenance services to ensure that the residents of Hillsborough, Hernando, Polk, Sarasota, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas Counties have reliable and efficient HVAC systems in their homes.  If you operate both your both your air conditioning and heating system after your Fall inspection, we recommend that you schedule an appointment for a technician to come out and re-check the system and confirm that the components, filters, fluids and other critical equipment are fully operational and ready for winter.  Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert technicians.