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Thermostat Settings are important! Your home's ideal temperature for your heating and cooling system should provide convenience and comfort to your indoor environment. Thermostat settings for both comfort and energy savings is important to every homeowner.
One simple solution to managing your heating and cooling system is to adjust your thermostat temperature according to your habits, preferences and the temperature outside. The closer your thermostat setting is to the outside temperature, the more you'll save.
"What recommended temperature setting will provide you with personal comfort and at the same time, is cost efficient?"
Recommended Thermostat Settings
What is a good temperature to set your thermostat in the summer?
During the warm weather, it is generally recommended that you set your home's cooling system to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home. If you will be out of the house for four or more hours, consider raising the setting so the cooling system only comes on if the temperature tops 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
It is estimated that for every degree higher you set your thermostat over 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months, you could save approximately six to eight percent off your home energy bill, per degree.
So, keeping your home's temperature slightly higher and using the best settings for spring and summer can ultimately help save you money. Scheduling an annual air conditioning repair and tune-up can also help improve your ac unit's energy-efficiency.
Installing a programmable thermostat in your home will let you run a scheduled heating and cooling program without having to remember to manually change your settings throughout the day.
Most programmable thermostats are able to automatically adjust the heating temperature in your home up to six or more times per day. You can also manually override the automatic settings if you need to at any time without interrupting the daily or weekly programming.
When programming your thermostat, just take into consideration your daily schedule. In the winter, do you like to sleep in a cool house? If you like your home cooler at night, set your thermostat to a lower setting about an hour before you actually go to bed so the house starts to cool down. Prior to waking up, you might want to set the thermostat so the heat comes on approximately two hours before you actually get up so the house is nice and warm.
You should also consider adjusting the thermostat anytime your house is vacant for four or more hours per day. Typically, adjusting temperatures 5 – 8 degrees (down in winter, up in summer) can help save energy if you are going to be away from home for several hours.
If you need assistance and need to speak with someone regarding your thermostat, contact an air conditioning repair technician especially if it's also time for an air conditioning repair or tune-up.
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