When daylight saving time ends on November 4th this year, you’ll be setting back the time on your clocks by one hour. You should also mark that date on your calendar to make the following alterations to your thermostat settings, so your HVAC is primed for comfort and energy efficiency this winter:
Make Sure the Thermostat Clock Changes
Today’s thermostats typically make twice-yearly automatic changes to adjust the clock at the start and end of daylight saving time. It’s wise to check that the time did fall back, though, and if not, change it manually so your thermostat settings stay on schedule.
Switch Over to Heating Mode
If your thermostat is still set for cooling, take this opportunity to switch it over to heating so your home stays comfortable in spite of the chilly weather.
Reassess Your Programming
Once you’ve switched to heating mode, revisit your scheduled programming and make any needed alterations. These programming tips can help you set a schedule that matches your normal routine and provides optimal energy savings and comfort:
- Plan temperature setbacks at night. During the night when everyone is asleep, have the temperature drop by 10 to 15 degrees.
- Set daytime adjustments during the week. If no one is home on weekdays, set the thermostat to lower the temperature by 10 degrees.
- Establish setback periods that provide the greatest savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you’ll save the most by making daily eight-hour setbacks.
- Allow time for the house to warm up. When you’re setting a schedule for temperature changes, remember to factor in the time it takes for your HVAC to reach the target temperature, so the house is comfortably warm when you get up and arrive home each day.
Put in New Thermostat Batteries
While you’re at the thermostat, it’s worth taking a few extra minutes to replace the batteries, so you can rest easy knowing it will work reliably all winter long.