When the seasons change, so do your home comfort needs. As you change your furnace filter and schedule your furnace check up for the fall, don’t forget to reset your programmable thermostat. Your programmable thermostat can be one of your best tools to lower your energy bills, if it is used effectively.
Tips for Making the Most of Your Thermostat
Fall is an excellent time to reevaluate your needs and ensure that your thermostat is set as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips to help.
- Readjust for cooler weather – When running your air conditioner in the summer, you want a higher thermostat temperature. In the fall, when your furnace kicks in, drop the temperature and add more layers of clothing for your comfort. A temperature around 70 degrees is great for fall.
- Set back for nighttime – You can drop the temperature as much as eight degrees at night and still feel comfortable while sleeping, so use your programmable thermostat accordingly.
- Set back when you are at work – Again, by dropping the temperature on the programmable thermostat seven to 10 degrees while you are at work, you can save significantly on your heating costs.
- Avoid overcompensating – If you need to adjust the temperature because you come home unexpectedly, set it to your comfort point, not higher. A higher temperature will not warm the home more quickly, but it will drive up energy bills.
As you consider options to drop your energy bills this fall in your San Diego home, consider getting the help of a professional HVAC company. Sherlock Plumbing Heating & Air has a team of HVAC contractors who can help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency this fall.