With school back in session, your heating and cooling system can take a break during the day and kick it up a notch when everyone is back at home. Controlling your thermostat settings allows your heating and cooling system to run efficiently and prolongs the life of your system. Take advantage of recommended settings and you will see changes to your system’s performance and savings every month on your energy bill.
Recommended Thermostat Settings
Every season comes with different recommendations for the temperature settings in your home or business. During warmer weather, you should set your thermostat to 78°F whenever you are home to maximize savings. When you are away for prolonged hours, raise the temperature to close to 88° F, so your air conditioning system doesn’t kick on unless the temperature gets that high. Setting your thermostat higher during the hottest months will save you more money in the long run compared to constantly operating your system to maintain a lower average temperature.
During the colder months, you should consider setting your thermostat between 62°F and 66°F when everyone is at work or school. When everyone is home in the evenings, set your temperature between 68°F and 72°F. When you are asleep consider dropping the temperature back by 10 degrees, allowing your heating system to take a break while you are cozy in your beds. Your heating system will thank you when it can rest during the day while your family is away. You’ll gain energy savings without sacrificing comfort.
Consider Upgrading Your Thermostat
Depending on the model you currently have, you should consider upgrading to either a programmable or a smart thermostat. Both options provide easy setup and reduce the chance of you forgetting to reset the temperature. You can set up a schedule for it to follow when you are asleep, away, home or on vacation. Depending on the model, thermostat settings can be programmed for a 7-day schedule, a 5-1-1 day schedule, a 5-2 day schedule or a weekly schedule. You have full control of your thermostat to boost savings and increase your HVAC unit’s energy efficiency.
Check Your Thermostat Placement
Another way you can help your thermostat and your HVAC system is to check where your thermostat is placed in your home. If it’s placed incorrectly in your home, it can be disastrous for your system’s efficiency. If your thermostat is located in any of the following areas, you should consider moving it immediately:
- By windows or doors where the area receives more drafts than normal
- Anywhere in the kitchen, which is prone to warm temperatures while you are home
- Hallways aren’t ideal because no one lives there or stays for long periods of time
- Near air vents where warm or cool air blows directly on the thermostat; it can cause faulty readings
- Areas in direct sunlight, causing skewed readings regardless of the temperature in the home
You want to place your thermostat in a location that won’t be compromised by drafts, direct sun, other appliances, or constant airflow from your HVAC system – these issues can cause false temperature readings, leading your thermostat to call for heating and cooling when it’s not necessary.
The location should be somewhere in your home that has the most traffic from your family and friends. Locate an interior wall, near the center of your home for the ideal placement of your thermostat. Take advantage of your thermostat with the best settings that fit your schedule. Contact Gainesville Mechanical to speak with our HVAC professionals about upgrading or moving your thermostat for increased performance and boosted energy efficiency.