Your home’s heating and air system is vital. With it, you stay warm in the winter and cool in summer’s hot months. And without it, well, life could get pretty dang uncomfortable. However, your system could have a hard time knowing what to do without your thermostat. A good thermostat will help your system keep your home at the temperature you find most comfortable, and, depending how it is used, save you time and energy at the same time.
How should you control your comfort system’s temperature setting? Should you micromanage it? Change it frequently in response to outdoor conditions? Leave it at one temperature constantly?
Does it even matter?
It seems that the answer is that yes, it does matter. How you set your thermostat can have an impact on energy-efficiency, your comfort, and can even help protect your system.
So how do you gain greater efficiency?
Control Your Comfort System’s Temperature Setting Dynamically
Here’s what to do: Most people prefer a slightly different temperature during waking hours than while sleeping. And when you are not at home you don’t need to keep it the same temperature. Don’t be tempted to crank that thermostat back or up but keep it to a 5 – 10 degree change. Any more than that will waste energy and could cause additional strain on your system when it’s time to warm or cool things back to your desired temperature. Plus, adjusting your thermostat to call for less heat or less cooling when it is not needed for 8 hours a day could save you 10%-15% on your energy costs.
This Sounds Like a Lot of Work
… but it really isn’t. Not with the right tool. In order to save money and keep temperature efficiency as high as possible, invest in a programmable thermostat. It will pay dividends in savings over time.
Perhaps the best aspect of a programmable thermostat is that it makes your temperature efficiency a hands-off process. Set it and go about your daily life, making adjustments as necessary. These adjustments will likely be few and far between if you have a consistent routine. Some thermostats allow presetting changes for seasons and even time changes.
If you’re ready for more energy-efficiency in your life, Just Call Dale’s. We can set you up with a dependable programmable thermostat. And, while you’re at it, have your system cleaned for even more efficiency. Click here to schedule your appointment.