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Is It Okay To Switch From AC to Heating in the Same Day?

When you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can start a late-fall day wearing flip-flops and end it in a jacket.

Yes, you can switch between air conditioning and heating while the weather fluctuates, but you have to do it correctly to prevent reduced efficiency.

We’ll discuss the best way to switch between systems and avoid straining your air conditioner and heating system.

How To Properly Switch From AC to Heat

We all want our HVAC systems to last as long as possible. Here’s how to ensure that switching from AC to heat and back again doesn’t cause damage or depleted system function over time.

  1. Start with your thermostat set to AUTO.
  2. When the system completes its current cycle, switch the thermostat to OFF.
  3. Wait five minutes.
  4. Turn on your heating system, but set the temperature just a few degrees from the current temperature in your home.
  5. The next time your heating system completes its cycle, adjust the temperature again.
  6. Repeat until you’re satisfied with the temperature.

A gradual switch from one system to the other is key to avoid putting too much strain on your HVAC units.

What Not To Do When You Want To Run Heating & AC in the Same Day

Switching from heat to AC in one day is all about listening to your system for when it ends its current cycle so that you can switch systems without any issues. Here’s what not to do when you switch:

  • Don’t adjust the thermostat more than a few degrees from the current temperature.
  • Don’t use the thermostat to stop a cycle or end it sooner.
  • Don’t switch systems right after a cycle ends.

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If you change the temperature on your thermostat during a cycle or less than five minutes after it ends, your compressor might lock up, or a breaker could blow.

Why You Need Professional Heating Maintenance Before Using Your Furnace

If you have a furnace, it’s best to hire an HVAC technician to perform routine heating maintenance in the fall before you start using it regularly. You can catch issues before you’re left with a furnace breakdown in the middle of winter.

Annual tune-ups are important — especially if you have a gas-powered furnace, which could have developed a leak since you used it last winter. Just one small crack in the gas line is dangerous.

Get Ahead of Weather Changes With Scheduled HVAC Maintenance From AirCo

AirCo created the All Star Club so homeowners in the DFW Metroplex can maximize their HVAC systems’ life spans.

When you enroll in the All Star Club, an AirCo technician will visit your home twice a year to inspect your system, check for leaks, clean crucial components, and more. You’ll also receive additional benefits, including:

  • Discounts on repairs
  • A lifetime repair guarantee
  • Priority scheduling

Join the All Star Club online or call (817) 591-1225 today to request routine maintenance so your HVAC systems are ready to keep you comfortable year-round for years to come.

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