With spring right around the corner, it won’t be long before the cooling season arrives. Before the heat and humidity settles in, it’s wise to get your home and thermostat prepared so you can enjoy greater comfort and energy savings. Here’s some advice on what to do:
Replace Your Outdated Thermostat
If you’re relying on a basic digital thermostat to control your comfort system, you’ll find a programmable model makes it much more convenient. Potential energy savings are another benefit of upgrading — according to the Department of Energy (DOE), proper use of a programmable thermostat can lower your HVAC-related energy consumption by up to 10 percent. When comparing thermostats, look for one designed for your type of HVAC system that best matches your weekly routine.
Prime Your Home and Thermostat for Savings
For maximum savings, the DOE recommends programming your thermostat with specific temperature setbacks for periods when your family is typically at home and active, or sleeping/away at work/school. These setbacks can result in significant cumulative savings, because just a one-degree change over a daily eight-hour period saves one percent in energy consumption. These tips can help you reap the greatest savings without losing out on comfort:
- Use 78°F as a guideline temperature for periods when you’re home and active.
- Increase the temperature to 85°F during the periods when everyone is away from home, or sleeping.
- Test these basic settings to find out if you can comfortably raise the temperature and save even more energy. Only increase it one or two degrees at a time, so there’s no unnecessary strain put on your HVAC components.
- Don’t attempt to cool the house down faster by using the thermostat’s override feature to make a significant temperature reduction. The cooling process won’t speed up, but you could easily lower the temperature too far and waste energy.
- Turn on the ceiling fans when rooms are occupied (make sure the blades rotate counter-clockwise), and you can increase the temperature setting by up to four degrees.
If you need help preparing your San Antonio home for the approaching cooling season, contact us at Beyer Boys.