Do I Need to Turn off My Furnace in Spring?

Spring has sprung, and with it comes changes to the way you use your HVAC system. From the temperature of your thermostat, to ways to keep pollen out of your home, to how the change in seasons affects allergies, to general AC usage, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to what to do with your cooling equipment. But what about your heating system?

Every year around this time, many homeowners ask themselves, “Do I need to turn off my furnace in Spring?” And we’re not talking about putting the thermostat in the “off” setting. We’re talking about turning off the pilot light, completely shutting the system down, and not worrying about it again until it gets cold out. “Why waste money on gas all summer if I’m not going to be using it?”, many people ask.

In short, the answer to whether your furnace should remain on throughout springtime is more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no.” Keep reading our blog for pros and cons of shutting off your furnace in the coming months, and make sure to call our Fredericksburg and Kerrville HVAC experts at 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating for all your furnace-related needs.

The Pros of Turning Your Furnace Off in Spring

  1. It saves you money: Keeping your pilot light on all the time costs money. When you extinguish your pilot light for the spring and summer, you can save $50 or more a year, depending on how many heating units you have. While this may not be a lot in the grand scheme of things, it’s worth being aware of for families trying to cut down on their energy costs wherever possible.
  2. It saves energy: That $50 you’re spending on keeping your pilot light on goes to maintaining a stream of gas. Because pilot lights are lit constantly, they use about 900 to 1200 BTUs (British thermal units) of heat per hour. So even if you’re not concerned with the impact this can have on your bank account, you may want to at least consider the effect your overall energy consumption has on the earth. Turning off your furnace is another small way to mind this.
  3. You won’t accidentally heat your home: If you have a thermostat that’s prone to malfunctioning, or there are children (or other members) in your family who are prone to messing around with it, turning off the furnace can be a definitive way to regulate temperature by cutting the thermostat out entirely. At the very least, shutting off your furnace’s pilot light ensures your system won’t accidentally heat your house up during the warmer months.

The Cons of Turning off Your Furnace in Spring

  1. You’ll have to remember to turn it back on again: Okay, yes, we know what you’re thinking: “I’m an adult, I think I can remember to turn on my own heating equipment.” Yet with a busy life and the months Texans traditionally experience between warm and cold weather, it can be easy for this to slip your mind. If you want to proof your home against depriving you of warmth when you need it most, spending the extra bucks to keep your furnace on is a valid option.
  2. Your furnace is hard to reach: While some homes have furnaces that are easily accessible, sometimes, you have to go out of your way to find the pilot light. If this is the case in your home, you may also need to hire a professional HVAC specialist to turn it off for you. If you decide you don’t want to do that, you can always just eat the cost and keep it on.
  3. It sometimes gets cold in spring: Spring in Texas is not a season known for its warmth. Yet with climate change and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, Fredericksburg and Kerrville residents know there’s still be a good chance of cold days over the next few months. Even if you decide to turn off your pilot light this summer, you may want to keep your furnace running throughout spring, for those odd chilly nights here and there where extra blankets won’t cut it.

Contact 72 Degrees for Furnace Work & More

At 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, our technicians are equipped to deal with a full range of heating and cooling issues. Before you make any decisions about what to do with your furnace this spring, consider hiring one of our experienced professionals to inspect your system. With comprehensive heating service and repair, your furnace is always in good hands when you call 72 Degrees.

Dial (830) 302-3140 for scheduling, or send us a message online.

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