What does falling back at the end of Daylight Saving Time mean for you, other than losing an hour of sleep and trying to remember how to adjust the clock in your car? For one thing, it means you need to reset your thermostat.
Falling Back from DST
It’s easy to forget about your thermostat as you’re going from timepiece to timepiece on Saturday night, making the necessary changes. After all, you use it to adjust the temperature, not tell time.
If you have a programmable thermostat, though, it still needs to be reset, as it relies on a schedule. You’ve programmed in the hours during the day when you’re at work and the kids are at school, so it can switch to a lower temperature and save energy.
Unless you reset the clock, however, the schedule will be an hour off. If you’ve set the energy-saving temperature to kick in after you’ve all left for work and school, your family might be in for a shock when temperatures drop in the middle of breakfast. And if the kids get home from school around 4, the heat will kick in at 3 instead, and you’ll spend an hour heating an empty house.
One way to reduce Daylight Saving Time worry is to invest in a WiFi thermostat. It can reset the clock automatically, just like your computer and cell phone. However, there are still other factors to consider.
November in San Antonio is when the temperature starts to drop. So the end of DST might be a good opportunity to switch from cooling to heating mode. Set it to about 72 when you’re home, and 65 when you’re out.
Finally, you should replace your thermostat’s batteries once a year. You can do it any time, but doing it at the same time that you’re resetting the time and temperature is a good way not to forget.
To learn more about how Daylight Saving Time affects your HVAC system, contact us at Beyer Boys. We provide quality heating and cooling solutions to the San Antonio area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).