If you’re at work, you may be wondering if you should have your thermostat set differently than when you’re at home. After all, you’re away from home for eight hours, so does it make a difference in your energy savings?
Eight Hours of Savings
It may surprise you to learn that you can save 5 to 15 percent of your energy bill just by decreasing your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees when you go to work or when you go to sleep. The time it takes for your HVAC system to return to the proper temperature, whether cooling or heating, is minimal compared to when your system has been turned off.
Try a Programmable or a Smart Thermostat
Rather than trying to remember when to set your thermostat down or up, you can have your programmable thermostat do it for you. In fact, you might want to consider a Smart Thermostat that can actually sense what’s going on in the house and making sure that the temperature is set perfectly for the conditions. By having your thermostat set at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter with the times when you’re asleep or away being 15 degrees higher in summer and lower in winter, you will definitely save money and stay comfortable year round.
In this day and age, you may consider a WiFi thermostat which has Internet connectivity that allows you to reprogram your thermostat away from home. This is good for those times when you’re planning on leaving late or coming home early. Now if it could only get dinner ready!
If you want to learn more about heating and cooling in the San Marcos area, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning for all your indoor air quality needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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