The temperature you set your thermostat to can affect your home comfort and utility bills. Find a happy medium with these seasonal temperature tips backed by Carrier:
1. Summer Thermostat Tips
Although nothing beats returning to a cool and comfortable home during the hot, humid months, it can really put a strain on your purse strings. While indoor temperature is often a personal preference, we recommend setting your air conditioner between 24-25°C in the summer for the optimal balance of comfort and energy efficiency. Keep the thermostat at a higher temperature and counteract the heat with a fan to save more money. Keep window coverings closed during the day to help keep the sun out and provide extra thermal insulation.
2. Winter Thermostat Tips
To find the ideal temperature for your home in the winter, set the thermostat to 20°C. Increase the temperature by a couple of degrees every day until you’re comfortable. Remember that your home might take a few hours to adjust to the new temperature setting. To increase energy efficiency and save money, keep your heating system at a lower setting and simply put on extra layers of clothing. Take advantage of the sunlight during the day to warm your home naturally by opening window coverings that face the sun.
3. Set a Schedule to Save More Energy
To save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs a year, turn your thermostat down 7-10 degrees from your usual setting for eight hours a day. The best time to do this is when you’re asleep at night or at work during the day. Many thermostats allow automated scheduling.
4. Invest in a Smart Thermostat
To make your life easier, invest in a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust your home’s temperature and comfort level throughout the day. Thanks to modern technology, some smart thermostats can even be controlled through your home Wi-Fi and can make adjustments to your indoor temperature based on the weather outside.
Contact the HVAC experts at Hargrave Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more money-saving tips, get a quote on innovative Carrier products, or sign up for our maintenance program.