For several hours a day you’re off at work, or maybe at school. Yet your comfort system keeps working, despite the house being empty. This needs a good deal of energy and costs you money. You can significantly scale back this cost by changing the thermostat up or down before you leave for work and adjusting it back to your desired temperature when you come home. But how much should you adjust it?
Here’s what the Department of Energy has to say about thermostat changes:
You can save up to 10% a year on HVAC costs by simply setting your thermostat down 7°-10°F for eight hours a day rather than its normal setting. The percentage of savings from setback is larger for buildings in milder climates than for those in more extreme climates.
The tinier the contrast between the both temperatures, the less expensive your total cooling bill can be. You can easily save energy through the winter by setting the thermostat to about 68°F while you're awake and adjusting it lower while you're sleeping or away from home. In the summer, you can use the same approach with central air conditioning by having your house warmer than normal when you are gone and tweaking the thermostat to a setting as high as you can manage comfortably when you're home and want cooling and to secure humidity control if required.
You might have been told that making these adjustments are not worth the time because your HVAC has to work extra hard to return to your desired temperature, undoing your savings, but the energy department puts that notion to rest, namely for heaters: “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
Despite the benefits of adjusting your thermostat every time you head to work, it’s very easy to forget in the rush of getting ready and on your way. This is one benefit of programmable and smart thermostats. You can direct your thermostat to automatically change to a different temperature across your average work hours. And with a smart thermostat, you can adjust the temperature (or the programming schedule) from anywhere. This is especially helpful if you’ve forgotten to adjust the setting before leaving for a trip.
Don't Forget the Pets
If you own pets, think about their comfort too. Cats and dogs with heavy fur won’t be comfy with high temperatures. And pets with short fur won't always be pleased with cold temperatures. The same applies to tropical birds, fish and reptiles. Since temperature preferences vary significantly by breed and species, look them up for your pets.
More Advantages of Setting Your Thermostat for When You’re Away
- Carbon emissions - The more often you run your heating and air conditioning, the more carbon emissions you generate. Saving energy reduces air pollution and greenhouse gasses.
- HVAC Longevity - Demanding too much from your HVAC unit can cut its life span and cause more maintenance to be needed. It also means the air filter can clog up faster, making your air less clean.
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