Setting your thermostat to higher or lower temperatures when you are away from home is a great way to save money without sacrificing overall comfort. After all, if you’re not home, why pay higher energy bills to heat or cool your residence?
Ideal thermostat settings can vary from person to person and household to household, depending on individual preferences. Takes these settings as recommendations and adjust according to your own comfort.
In winter, set the thermostat to 68°F when awake lower it when away from home or asleep. Turning the thermostat down 10° to 15° for eight hours each day can save 5% to 15% annually on your utility bills. Savings can be as much as 1% for each degree if the period of lower temperatures is at least eight hours long. The percentage is higher for those in milder climates than for those living in more extreme areas.
Homeowners can follow the same strategy in reverse by keeping the residence warmer than normal when away. Lower the setting to 78°F when you are home and need cooling. Although you can adjust thermostats manually, programmable models will help avoid discomfort by returning temperature to normal before you awake or return home.
Don’t believe the misconception that furnaces and air conditioners work harder than normal to heat or cool your home after the thermostat has been set back to your selected temperature. When ambient temperature in your home drops below your normal selected temperature, it will lose energy to the outside more slowly. Thus, the longer your residence remains at the adjusted temperature, the more money you save as your building will lose less energy than it would have at its normal temperature.
Programmable thermostats are the best way to select ideal thermostat settings as you can set them and forget about it. Select from digital, electromechanical or a mixture of the two. When programming it, consider your normal sleep and wake up times as well as when you return home after work. Program temperature setbacks and returns slightly ahead of normal times to maintain comfort.
The local of the thermostat can also affect performance and efficiency. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions to prevent ghost readings or unnecessary HVAC equipment cyclings. Check our blog often to get more great HVAC information.