Troubleshooting your heating and cooling system's energy usage can be a challenging task. One of the first things to look at is your thermostat. Not using the proper settings can result in higher than necessary energy usage. Here are two pointers to help you make the most of your energy efficiency with your thermostat:
Ok, so it's pretty obvious that setting your thermostat's temperature a few degrees cooler in the winter or warmer in the summer will save energy. But the trick is to set the thermostat back a few degrees when no one notices it. In the winter, this means setting the thermostat to a cooler temperature when people are sleeping or outside the house. During these times, no one can tell it's colder. They're sleeping and under blankets, or they're outside the dwelling and couldn't care less if it's a few degrees cooler inside.
This temporary temperature adjustment is easiest with a programmable thermostat, which can move the temperature back a few degrees right before everyone wakes up or returns to the building.
As a general rule of thumb, the thermostat should stay at 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. Of course, you can modify the thermostat's settings a degree or two to compensate for differences in climate and HVAC systems. These two temperature settings are industry standards for achieving the most energy efficiency from your heating and cooling unit throughout the year.
If you have any questions or concerns while troubleshooting your HVAC system or thermostat, contact our team at Jerry's Air Conditioning and Heating