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Spring To-Dos: Preparing Your Thermostat

Another lovely spring is on the doorstep here in San Diego. This means the cooling season isn't far behind, so it's time to transition your HVAC from heating to cooling. Getting your home and thermostat prepared for this seasonal change is easy if you follow this advice:

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat can make it more convenient to maintain a comfortable home. The Department of Energy (DOE) also advises that using a programmable thermostat can help you save up to 10 percent on your yearly energy bills. When you decide to upgrade, look for a model that matches your HVAC system, and your family's normal weekly schedule.

Program Your Thermostat for Optimal Savings

To save energy, the DOE recommends establishing different temperature settings on your thermostat for periods when you're home and active, and when you're normally sleeping or away during the day. The possible savings can be significant: a one-degree change for eight hours each day represents a one-percent reduction in yearly energy consumption. To maximize your potential savings without any loss of comfort you should:

  • Set the thermostat temperature to 78°F when you're active and need cooling.
  • Increase the temperature to 85°F for periods when you're typically sleeping or away from home.
  • Using comfort as a guide, experiment with increasing the temperature setting during your established setback periods. Rather than making large changes that can overtax your cooling equipment, go with one- to two-degree temperature increases.
  • Avoid using the thermostat's override feature to radically adjust the setting in an attempt to cool down the house quickly. Doing so won't speed up the cooling process, but it can waste energy by lowering the temperature too far.
  • Switch on the ceiling fan when a room is occupied, and you can raise the temperature up to four degrees without sacrificing comfort. With the fan blades spinning counter-clockwise, the air movement that's produced helps cool the skin, which helps you feel more comfortable at a higher temperature.

For expert help getting your home and thermostat prepared for the approaching cooling season, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).