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How Do Temperature Swings Affect My HVAC System?


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Do you feel like you are wearing your winter coat one day and a pair of shorts and a T-shirt the next day? Imagine how your HVAC system feels when it must respond to major shifts in outdoor air temperatures!

When seasons change, the temperature swings can make for a crazy ride, putting excess stress on your home’s HVAC systems and affecting its efficiency, performance, and lifespan.

Winter Woes

Your home’s heating system often has to kick into high gear when outdoor temperatures are at their lowest. Extreme cold means your system doesn’t get a break and can sometimes struggle to maintain your most comfortable indoor air temperature.

During the coldest days, heating systems face the risk of freezing condensate lines or outdoor components along with frozen coils that can stop a system in its tracks.

Stretches of freezing temps can force your HVAC system to consume more energy as it works hard to heat your indoor spaces, resulting in higher energy bills than usual. This extra work can also tax your system’s components and cause system breakdowns.

Summer Swelter

When temperatures are high, your cool air demands can make your air conditioner work up a sweat.

The larger the difference between the outdoor air temperature and your indoor air temperature setting, the more energy it takes to close the gap. The increased energy draw causes a seasonal spike in your utility bills.

In addition to taxing our wallets, hot weather can cause HVAC systems to overheat and break down. It can also compromise your home’s indoor air quality, as high humidity often accompanies high heat.

How You Can Help Your HVAC Survive Seasonal Swings

  1. Schedule routine AC and heating maintenance to ensure your system goes into the seasonal swing in optimal condition.
  2. Install a programmable thermostat to maintain a consistent home temperature and put less pressure on your HVAC being reactive to changing demand.
  3. Seal and insulate ductwork, windows, and doors to minimize heat loss and prevent warm air from leaking into the home.
  4. Replace your air conditioner and heating system with more energy-efficient units. If your system is over 10 years old, it should be evaluated for energy efficiency.

Count on Service Today for All Your HVAC Service Needs

Seasonal temperature swings can be hard on your home’s HVAC system, but there are things you can do to keep your system in check.

The professionals at Service Today are ready to get your HVAC into the back in the swing of things. No matter your service needs, we’ll make it right….right now!

Call 844-844-0314 to request HVAC maintenance or enroll in our HVAC service plan today! We proudly serve homes throughout Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

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