In Like a Lion: Dealing with Temperature Swings

As most local heating and cooling companies can tell you, March is a notoriously fickle month.

Some years we get 31 days of early spring, other years winter throws its big blow-out.

It’s a very changeable month, hence the old saying “If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.” It’s a pretty straightforward concept: it’s winter when the month begins and spring when it ends.

But what about years when March goes from lion to lamb and back in the space of a few weeks or even a few days? It’s a fact of life for heating and cooling companies: these temperature swings can put a strain on your system.

In this week’s blog post, we’ll look for ways to keep your home comfortable during cool summers and warm winters without having to put too much strain on your HVAC system.

When it’s warm during the winter

We tend not to complain too much when we get an unseasonably warm winter day. Still, you might think it’s too early in the year to have your air conditioner running.

If that’s the case, you can keep things comfortable during warmer winters by:

  • Opening windows – This will create a cooling cross breeze and help your home feel less stuffy after several months without much fresh air.
  • Cooking outdoors – Get a jump start on grilling season. You’ll be able to enjoy a delicious meal while not having to worry about your stove or oven adding warmth to your home.
  • Switching bedding – Thick blankets and flannel sheets are indispensable on frigid winter nights but might not be practical during a warmer-than-usual spring. Swap them out for the type of bedding you’d use in summer: cotton or other breathable fabrics.
  • Use your bathroom fan – Removing steam from your bathroom after a shower will help things feel cooler.

When it’s cool in the summer

Pennsylvania summers can be brutal, with day after day of nearly triple-digit weather. But sometimes we get summers that feel more like fall.

Instead of turning on your heat on cool summer nights, you can keep things warm by:

  • Use your curtains and blinds – Make sure you have your curtains and/or blinds open during the day to allow the sun to warm your home. When the sun sets, close your blinds/curtains to prevent heat loss through your windows.
  • Dress for the weather – You might want to dig out some warm weather clothes early. A fuzzy sweater can make a big difference on cool summer nights.
  • Keep out drafts – If you have a fireplace, close the flue. Use weather-stripping at your windows to prevent drafts.
  • Use your humidifier – Humid air feels warmer than dry air. But don’t go overboard. Too much humidity can create mold. Turning off your bathroom fan will also help the air feel warmer and more humid after a shower.
  • Do some cooking – From soup to coffee to oatmeal, warming food on the stove – and then enjoying what you’ve prepared – will make you and your home feel warmer.

How do temperature swings affect my HVAC system?

Fluctuating temperatures impact your heating and cooling system decrease its overall efficiency. With temperatures changing – and then changing back – your system is working harder than necessary and constantly using energy.

Has your heating system been working harder than usual lately? It might be time to start researching local heating and cooling companies to have your system examined.

No matter the weather outside, the team at All Seasons Comfort Control can make things feel comfortable indoors. Contact us today to schedule maintenance.

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