Setting the Thermostat Properly

To help know what the correct temperature should be set at, make sure to know the efficient level in your home. Ultimately, the lowest temp you and your family are comfortable with is going to be the most efficient for you in terms of dollars saved. Most people agree that sixty eight to seventy degrees are about the ideal temp for homes during winter months. Lower the thermostat for the night or when you are away for long periods of time. This includes work, school, or vacation. Of course the easiest way to manage the home’s temperature is with a programmable or smart thermostat. A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace has to work harder than normal to warm the space back up after it has been set back, resulting in little-to-no savings. But really, the longer your house remains at a lower temp, the more energy and money you save, even if the furnace has to work hard to warm it back up ten degrees or so.

Most programmable thermostats are digital. Digital thermostats offer the most features in terms of multiple setback settings, overrides, and adjustments for daylight savings times. You can program the temperature you want your home on each day of the week, during the times you are home and when you are typically away. You can also se the thermostat so it gets warmer before you arrive home. This makes walking into your home comfortable and pleasant.

A newer and less-common thermostat option is the smart thermostat, which remotely manages and optimizes energy usage. They learn from your behaviors, collect information, and then allows the homeowner to control the climate remotely.

Regardless what kind of thermostat you choose, its location can affect performance and efficiency. Install the thermostat on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways or windows. During an extremely cold winter, many people keep their homes warmer during the time they are at home. Consumers can save up to ten percent of their energy bill for every degree the temperature is lowered on your thermostat and kept there for eight hours or longer. You can also help have an efficient home by having the system inspected on a regular basis. This is important because we can inspect the parts and components for any wear that the system might be starting to show.