Are you wondering where you should set your thermostat? You are not alone! Temperature setting will always be a balance between comfort and energy efficiency. Your thermostat settings not only affect your comfort, but they can have a big impact on your utility bills as well. While the ideal thermostat setting for your home is largely based upon personal preference, there are ways to achieve a reasonable balance between comfort and energy savings.
Here are some tips on how to find the right temperature setting for your home:
1. When you are heating your home – Regardless of whether you are more interested in comfort or savings, finding that sweet spot on the thermostat may take a little trial and error. A good rule of thumb for energy-saving heating is to set your thermostat at 68° F. For more comfort, try increasing the temperature by 1 or 2 degrees at a time. For energy savings, turn the temperature down 1 or 2 degrees at a time.
2. When you are cooling your home – During the hotter, more humid months, nothing beats the relief of a cool, humidity-controlled home. To find your happy place, try setting your air conditioning system at 78° F for a good mix of comfort and energy efficiency. If this is too warm, start to adjust down from there find your ideal comfort zone.
3. When you want to save energy – According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% a year on your heating and cooling when you set back the thermostat 7-10 degrees from your normal setting, for 8 hours a day. Do this at night when you go to bed, and during the day when you go to work.
During the heating season: Try turning the heat down and bundling up – wear a sweater or light jacket, fuzzy slippers, etc. Open window coverings to allow natural sunlight in and let Mother Nature help warm your home.
During the cooling season: Try turning up the AC temperature and supplementing with a fan – either a free-standing type or a ceiling fan. Close window coverings to minimize the sun’s warming effect.
All year long: Get a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature for comfort when you are home or awake. Some of these models will also “learn” your patterns and automatically adjust to help maintain both comfort and energy savings. Wi-Fi thermostats give you even more flexibility with comfort control from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
If you’re still not comfortable after experimenting with the temperature in your home, it might be time to get an expert opinion from Short Pump Heating & Air. Any of our licensed and trained technicians can analyze your HVAC system to make sure it is operating properly and make repairs if necessary! Call 804-364-9040 to speak with a technician or schedule a service visit today.