Many customers wonder if it is worth it to adjust your thermostat depending on if you are home or not. The truth is, there are many benefits to adjusting your thermostat or to installing a programmable thermostat. In fact, not only can you save money, but also put less stress on your HVAC system.
Thermostat Use Cuts Utility Costs
Did you know that adjusting your thermostat can dramatically reduce your utility costs? According to many experts, you can save as much as 15 percent yearly by adjusting your thermostat not only throughout the year, but throughout the day based on your needs.
One way to make adjusting your thermostat easier is to install a programmable thermostat. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that installing a programmable thermostat can reduce the energy consumption of heating or cooling by five to 30 percent when properly programmed. You can save the most money and energy by programming a thermostat to be cooler in the winter when you’re away and warmer in the summer when no one is home. You may also want to consider decreasing the heat in the winter when everyone is sleeping. Simple adjustments like these can have dramatic effects on overall energy consumption and costs.
Customizable settings help to always adjust the temperatures, even when you are very busy and may forget on your own. It is easy to design a system that best fits your needs and habits and a new programmable thermostat is not very costly.
In the winter, for every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you can save up to five percent on heating costs. Some suggestions say setting the thermostat 68 degrees in the winter when you’re awake and lower when you’re away or asleep is optimal in the winter.
In the summer, setting your thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home and higher when you’re away helps maximize the efficiency.
Reduce Wear And Tear
Adjusting your thermostat in the different seasons also helps reduce the wear and tear on your HVAC system. The most wear and tear is seen during extreme temperatures when air conditioners or heaters are working overtime to maintain a steady temperature in your home. Adjust temperatures to more closely match outdoor temperatures, even by a few degrees, really help reduce the overall wear on the machines. A programmable thermostat helps make those adjustments so much easier.
If you have any questions about your HVAC system or have any needs relating to it, call our experts at Classic Aire Care today. We can make sure you have a system that fits your home.