During the winter season, you’ll be using your heating unit more than ever. Consequently, you might be worried about how much this will cause your monthly energy costs for the season to increase. Also, you’ll likely want to try to find ways to make your HVAC system more efficient without sacrificing your indoor comfort. There are many factors that can help you, such as your climate and usage habits. However, one way to make a huge difference is to properly utilize your thermostat settings.
In this post, your heating and cooling specialist, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning, shares a few tips for making your thermostat more energy efficient this winter season.
Adjust If necessary. You can lower your thermostat’s temperature by around seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day. While this may not seem like a significant difference, it can result in a decrease in your monthly energy usage for a total of around 10 percent per year. The amount you should lower your thermostat depends on your family’s comfort preferences. You can keep your thermostat set lower when you’re away or at night. Sometimes people prefer to sleep in cooler temperatures while enjoying the warmth of a thick blanket.
Upgrade your thermostat. Your HVAC specialist will tell you that there’s no “perfect” temperature setting that fits everyone due to a number of factors. However, you can lower your thermostat when no one is at home since the demand for heating isn’t as high compared to when everyone’s present. This is a great opportunity to reduce your monthly energy consumption as well. But if you think that manually programming your thermostat is too time-consuming, you can upgrade to any of these thermostats:
- Programmable thermostats. You can assign a preset temperature for your thermostat depending on the time of the day, each day of the week. This is an affordable way to reduce your monthly energy bill.
- Smart thermostats. These thermostats get their name from the way they adapt to your daily patterns. After studying your patterns, they’ll automatically adjust the temperature to find the most comfortable and energy-efficient combination for you. In fact, you can even program them remotely as long as you have a smartphone and an internet connection so that you can monitor its performance and make manual adjustments as well.
For your heating and air conditioning needs, turn to All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning. In addition to installing central air conditioning systems by industry leader Bryant®, our company has the training and equipment to address your emergency heating and cooling concerns. Call us at (707) 400-6875 or fill out our contact form to request a service call. We serve homeowners in Vacaville, CA, and the surrounding communities.