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Thermostats are designed to automatically turn on the heating or air conditioning system when certain temperature criteria are met, but that doesn’t mean you should leave it on one temperature year-round. For the best balance of comfort and efficiency, it’s important to adjust the thermostat or reprogram it seasonally.
When you have the ideal thermostat settings for the weather conditions at your Pennsylvania home, you can maximize your energy savings and keep your utility costs as low as possible.
Keeping your home cozy and warm in the winter is important, but your utility bills may skyrocket if it’s too warm. A good temperature range for the heating season is between 65 and 72 degrees, or up to 75 degrees if you have ill or elderly family members at home. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends about 68 degrees, and for every degree that you reduce the temperature in the winter, you can save up to 1% on your utility costs.
Many homes sit empty during the day while adults are at work and children are at school. If you reduce the temperatures in your home by 7 to 10 degrees during these periods, or for about eight hours a day, you can decrease your monthly heating costs by up to 10%.
It’s good to adjust or reprogram your thermostat to your winter temperature during the early fall and return it to the summer settings during late spring or after the last of the cold weather.
Summers in Pennsylvania may be short, but they can be intensely hot and humid. To keep your home as comfortable as possible while minimizing your energy costs, consider setting your thermostat from about 75 to 78 degrees in the summer. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends about 78 degrees, and the higher you set the thermostat, the less your cooling costs will be.
For even more savings, raise the temperature about 5 to 10 degrees while no one is home. If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, set it to reduce the temperature about an hour before you’re due back, so your home is comfortable when you arrive. Raising the temperature while you’re away can reduce cooling costs by up to 10%.
If you want to make it easy and convenient to reduce your heating and cooling costs, consider replacing your standard thermostat with a programmable or smart thermostat. These allow you to automatically switch between daytime and nighttime temperatures or adjust the temperature while you’re away from home.
The benefits of upgrading to a smart or programmable thermostat include:
Programmable thermostats typically offer distinct programs for weekdays and weekends, or individualized programs for each day, with several temperature changes in a 24-hour period.
Wi-Fi or smart thermostats make the programming process easier, with remote access from mobile devices, computers, or even the internet, and some models can learn your preferred settings automatically. They can integrate with home automation systems and digital assistants, and additional sensors can be added to control the climate in other areas of the home.
When you want to reduce your home’s heating and cooling costs, turn to our experts at Andreas Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for help choosing the ideal programmable or smart thermostat for your needs. We can recommend a thermostat that’s compatible with your HVAC system, install it, and show you how to use it effectively.
We serve homeowners throughout Carbon County, Lehigh County, Northampton County, Schuylkill County, and the surrounding areas. Because we’re a family-owned company, you can count on us for excellent service and professional results.
Call 610-377-5261 today or contact us online to schedule a smart thermostat installation for your Pennsylvania home.