Here in Colorado, we can use our furnaces to heat our homes September to May. And just as quickly, we can move from heating our homes due to a cold spell, to needing the air conditioning system thanks to an incoming heat wave. Yep, the weather here across the Front Range changes quickly.Is It Time To Turn Off Your Heat?

But during that process, we also have our share of mild days when running the heat or AC is optional. The question is, should you leave the system running, or turn it off altogether?

Leave it running:

With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust your heating temperature to your lowest acceptance point. That way your home will remain consistent, especially when the peaks and dips occur with quick temperature changes.

If you’ve been in Colorado long enough, you know the weather can change drastically in just a few hours. Turning off the heat may save energy, but this can lead to frozen pipes, especially when you’re away from your home for awhile. Leaving it running ensures your home always stays at an acceptable level.

A forced air system has the option of running continuously, even when heating or cooling isn’t required. This circulates the air continuously, passing it through filters and improving indoor air quality.

Shut it down:

The more you run your system, the quicker parts wear down. This translates to higher repair costs and a shorter lifespan.

Most air conditioners use refrigerant. Peak efficiency for these systems is when the unit runs at full load. Operating to cool your house allows the system to run at peak efficiency. Operating to maintain a temperature means the unit’s efficiency falls, which ultimately affects your utility bills.

The more your system runs, the more air will be passed through your filter system. Ensure you change your filters on a more frequent basis if you use your system more.

Is your system running at peak performance?