I woke up not long ago, and my thermostat told me that it was 59 degrees in the house! It was marvelous, and I did not realize that it was expected to get that chilly overnight.
In fct, I had my air conditioner on! Of course, the thermostat was set for 74, and because it got so chilly outside, my a/c probably never kicked in all night.
I love this time of year because I can open the windows and turn the entire HVAc system off. There is no need for a/c or the heater, and I love that. At the same time, it is important to remember that the cooler weather means that winter will be here very soon. Now, I live in the southeast, so winters are very mild. There is no shoveling snow or bringing in big trucks to fill up the tanks on fuel oil furnaces around here. Almost everyone has central heating and cooling, and the hardest thing we have to do is flip the switch on the thermostat from “cool” to “heater” in order to use the heating. However, I have found that using the heater is much more costly than using the air conditioner. I asked the HVAC guy about it, thinking it might just be my imagination, but he confirmed my suspicions. He also offered a reason. He believes that since we live in a region where a/c is used all the time and heating is infrequently, people don’t take care of their heaters as well as they should. He recommends that everyone get their heating inspected and serviced each autumn.