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

For several hours a day you’re off at work, or possibly at school. Yet your comfort system keeps going and going, despite the house being empty. This uses up a lot of energy and feels like wasting money. You can dramatically reduce this cost by adjusting the thermostat up or down when you go to work and resetting it back to your desired temperature when you return home. But how much should you adjust the temperature? 

Here’s what the Department of Energy says about thermostat settings: 

You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling bills by just turning your thermostat down 7°-10°F for eight hours a day compared to its typical setting. The percentage of savings from setback is better for buildings in milder climates than for those in more extreme climates. 

The lower the variation between the both temperatures, the lower your total cooling bill should be. You can easily save energy in the winter by lowering the thermostat to around 68°F while you’re awake and turning it down while you’re sleeping or away from home. During the summer, you can practice the same approach with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are gone and setting the thermostat to a setting as high as you can manage comfortably when you return and want cooling and to ensure humidity control if necessary. 

You could have been advised that these kinds of adjustments won’t be worth it because your comfort system has to work extra hard to get back to your favored temperature, reversing your savings, but the energy department dismisses that claim, especially for heating: “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 setting your thermostat each time you leave for work, it’s easy to overlook in the rush of getting ready and on your way. This is one perk of programmable and smart thermostats. You can adjust your thermostat to automatically shift to another temperature through your typical work hours. And with a smart thermostat, you can change the temperature (or the programming schedule) remotely. This is especially helpful if you’ve forgotten to adjust the setting before going on vacation. 

Remember the Pets 

If you own pets, consider their comfort as well. Cats and dogs with dense fur won’t be as happy with high temperatures. And pets with less fur won’t always be happy with cold temperatures. The same applies to tropical birds, fish and reptiles. Because temperature preferences vary significantly by breed and species, so it helps to verify the ideal temperature range for your pets. 

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

  • Carbon emissions – The more you use your HVAC system, the more carbon emissions you produce. Conserving energy reduces air pollution and greenhouse gasses. 
  • HVAC Longevity – Overworking your HVAC unit can reduce its life expectancy and cause additional maintenance to be needed. It also means the air filter may clog up more quickly, making your indoor air quality worse. 

If you have any concerns about your air conditioner features, or if you need HVAC repair or maintenance, call the specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, a big company with hometown heart. We’re enthusiastic about making the world a comfortable place to live. Whether we’re warming, cooling or making the water flow, we have a lot of pride in keeping our customers and communities comfy and content. 

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