Finding the Ideal Thermostat Setting for Winter
Homeowners know that you have to use more energy to keep your home warm and comfortable in the winter. It’s normal to see a spike in your energy bills during this time of year, but there are certain actions you can take to help lower energy consumption. Here are some tips from Ainsworth & Co. Air Conditioning – Heating, your local HVAC repair pros.
The Best Thermostat Settings for Winter
ENERGY STAR suggests setting your thermostat to 68°F (20°C) when you’re home to balance comfort and energy efficiency. The key to energy saving is lowering the temperature about 10-12°F (or 6-8°C) at night and when you’re away.
Don’t Play With That Dial
Save as much as 10% a year in heating and cooling costs by turning back thermostats 7-10°F for eight hours a day. Resetting the thermostat too frequently during the day or putting it on the wrong setting can actually cost you more over time. It may even lead to damage and the necessity for a furnace replacement. In any case, you can turn to Ainsworth & Co. Air Conditioning – Heating for help.
Situate the Thermostat Correctly
Using your thermostat the right way won’t matter if it’s in the wrong part of your home. An interior wall near the center of the house is the best place in which to locate it. Also, choose the rooms where you want the temperature to be the most comfortable.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Today’s HVAC systems are more energy efficient, which means they can deliver home comfort with less energy. They work even better when paired with an updated thermostat. Programmable or “smart” thermostats can increase your energy savings.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient System
Even perfect thermostat settings won’t guarantee lower electric bills if you have a bad HVAC system. Let an expert check out your unit to make sure it’s operating at its best. Leaky air ducts, poor insulation and old filters can affect efficiency. If the usual maintenance and repairs don’t help, it may be time for an air conditioner replacement.
Ainsworth & Co. Air Conditioning – Heating provides high-quality heating, cooling and indoor air quality solutions. We’ve been ensuring indoor comfort for Baytown, TX, homeowners since 1947. To learn more about our products and services, give us a call today at (281) 837-8454.