Here’s what to know about switching your heat to A/C
It’s April in Litchfield, IL, which means that you’re probably experiencing a little bit of everything as far as the weather is concerned. One day it’s hot, one day it’s cold, one day it’s both – this leaves a lot of people to ask questions about when it’s appropriate to switch off the heat and switch on the A/C. However, just like the weather, the answer to this question isn’t as absolute as we’d like it to be. With that in mind, here’s a little bit of useful information about making the switch, when it’s appropriate and how it affects the rest of your HVAC system.
When to Switch
The first question that we need to tackle is about when it’s okay or proper to switch off the heating system and switch on the air conditioning. The true answer is quite simple – whenever you need to. The comfort systems in your home are there for your comfort. When it’s too cold outside, ride it out with the heat. When you’re sweating in your living room, turn on the air conditioning. While it’s not optimal to switch it on and off and on and off, it’s usually necessary for at least a few days out of the year, especially with the flip-flopping weather that Litchfield, IL residents can expect in spring and fall!
The Importance of Seasonal Maintenance
The most important part of this process is to make sure that your system is being maintained properly. If you get seasonal tune-ups and inspections from a qualified HVAC contractor, it should cause your system no damage to switch your A/C on. Seasonal tune-ups are recommended because it gives a pro the opportunity to inspect, clean and provide any repairs needed. Systems that receive regular maintenance generally need fewer repairs and perform far more efficiently than units that don’t!
Watch Performance & Efficiency
If you do have to make the switch before you’ve received your annual air conditioning tune-up, be sure to keep an eye on your system and watch the performance and efficiency. If you turn you’re A/C on, and it doesn’t blow cold air, something is wrong. Additionally, a system that’s acting funny by cycling too often or clogging the air filter too much could also denote a problem.
Questions? Ask a Professional
Still, have questions about making the switch? Ask a professional! Most contractors will answer simple questions over the phone without charging you to come out for a service call. Also, calling to ask a question could lead to finding out about a problem that can be fixed before it causes too many issues or expensive repairs. When in doubt, always consult an air conditioning professional!