How Should I Set My Thermostat for When I’m At Work?

For several hours a day you’re away at work, or possibly at school. Yet your HVAC system continues to run, without anybody home. This uses up a good deal of energy and wastes money. You can dramatically reduce this cost by adjusting the thermostat up or down when you head to work and setting it back to your desired temperature when you come home. But how much should the thermostat be adjusted? 

Here’s what the Department of Energy has to say about thermostat settings: 

You can save around 10% a year on HVAC costs by just turning your thermostat down 7°-10°F for eight hours a day rather than its usual setting. The percentage of savings from setback is larger for buildings in milder climates than for those in more extreme climates. 

The lower the difference between the outdoor and indoor temperatures, the less expensive your complete cooling bill should be. You can effectively save energy during the winter by lowering the thermostat to around 68°F while you’re awake and setting it down while you’re in bed or away from home. During the summer, you can practice the same strategy with central air conditioning by having your house warmer than normal when you are away and tweaking the thermostat to a setting as high as you can manage comfortably when you’re home and want cooling and to ensure humidity control if needed. 

You may have been advised that these kinds of adjustments won’t be worth the time because your heating and cooling has to work harder to return to your favored temperature, undoing your savings, but the energy department suggests this isn’t true, namely for a furnace: “A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. In fact, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly.” 

Programmable and Smart Thermostats 

Regardless of the benefits of setting your thermostat any time you go to work, it’s easy to miss in the rush of getting ready and on your way. This is one perk of programmable and smart thermostats. You can instruct your thermostat to automatically change to another temperature during your typical work hours. And with a smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature (or the programming schedule) from your smartphone or similar device. This is especially helpful if you’ve forgotten to change the setting before going on vacation. 

Always Remember the Pets 

If you have a pet, consider their comfort too. Cats and dogs with thick fur won’t be as happy with high temperatures. And pets with less fur won’t always be comfortable with cold temperatures. The same is true of tropical birds, fish and reptiles. Because temperature preferences vary widely by breed and species, look them up for your pets. 

Other Benefits of Adjusting Your Thermostat for When You’re Away 

  • Carbon emissions – The more often you use your heating and cooling, the more carbon emissions you generate. Preserving energy reduces air pollution and greenhouse gasses. 
  • HVAC Longevity – Demanding too much from your heating and cooling can cut its longevity and cause additional maintenance to be needed. It also means the air filter can clog up faster, making your indoor air quality worse. 

If you have any ideas about your air conditioner settings, or if you are looking for HVAC repair or maintenance, contact the specialists at Stevenson Service Experts, a big company with local heart. We’re enthusiastic about making the world a comfy place to live. Whether we’re warming, cooling or making the water flow, we take great pride in keeping our customers and communities comfy and satisfied. 

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Our united business strength and people separate us from other service companies. With over 4,000 team members collaborating on making you comfortable, we can deliver and innovate more successfully than other companies. Our can-do, family-friendly attitude powers our cooperation and helps us get the job done in a timely manner, and right — the first time. 

Our blend of company size and personal expertise means we can offer more with the next amazing idea … which could come from anywhere and anyone. We are reinvigorating the industry by supporting each team member’s greatest ideas. That means our teams and customers can relax knowing we’re moving, innovating, delivering, and in it for the long term, through the busy times and beyond. 

We are Stevenson Service Experts! Giving strength, knowledge and support over every season. 

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