For several hours a day you’re off at work, or perhaps at school. Yet your HVAC system keeps going and going, despite the house being empty. This uses a lot of energy and wastes money. You can significantly reduce this cost by adjusting the thermostat up or down as you leave for work and setting it back to your desired temperature when you get home. But how much should you adjust it?
Here’s what the Department of Energy has to say about thermostat changes:
You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply setting your thermostat down 7°-10°F for eight hours a day from its normal setting. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates than for those in more severe climates.
The smaller the variation between the both temperatures, the lower your complete cooling bill will be. You can effectively save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to around 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re in bed or away from home. In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are gone and tweaking the thermostat to a setting as high as you can manage comfortably when you are at home and want cooling and to ensure humidity control if needed.
You could have been told that doing these adjustments aren’t worth it because your HVAC has to work extra hard to get back to your preferred temperature, undoing your savings, but the energy department puts that notion to rest, especially for heating: “A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. In fact, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly.”
Despite the benefits of adjusting your thermostat every time you leave for work, it’s not hard to forget in the rush of getting ready and on your way. This is one benefit of programmable and smart thermostats. You can set your thermostat to automatically move to a different temperature during your regular work hours. And with a smart thermostat, you can change the temperature (or the programming schedule) from anywhere. This is particularly helpful if you’ve forgotten to change the setting before going on a long trip.
If you have pets at home, consider their comfort too. Cats and dogs with heavy fur won’t be comfortable with high temperatures. And pets with short fur might not be happy with cold temperatures. The same goes for tropical birds, fish and reptiles. Since temperature tolerances vary widely by breed and species, look them up for your pets.
If you have any ideas about your air conditioner settings, or if you need HVAC repair or maintenance, call the professionals at Robinson Service Experts, a big company with homegrown heart. We’re passionate about making the world a cozy place to live. Whether we’re warming, cooling or making the water run, we take great pride in keeping our customers and communities comfortable and satisfied.
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