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Tips for Setting Your Thermostat for Comfort and Savings

Did you know that the settings you select on your thermostat can have a major impact on how your heater or air conditioner operates? Your thermostat can make a difference for energy costs and even reduce wear and tear to your HVAC system.

In fact, when you need service for HVAC in Orange, VA, we also take a look at your thermostat during the appointment. You can keep reading to learn more about some of our common thermostat recommendations and how each one can make a difference for your home, family, and even the HVAC system itself

Temperature Settings

In the winter, you shouldn’t set your thermostat any higher than 68°F for heating. This recommendation comes from the US Department of Energy. 68° is a reasonable temperature for keeping your home warm while also reducing the amount of strain on your heating system. 

During the summer season, you shouldn’t set your thermostat any lower than 78°F for cooling. We understand that these temperatures may be outside of what you normally select on your thermostat. However, for each degree lower that you set your thermostat in the summer, or higher that you set it in the winter, you’re increasing your energy costs by approximately three percent.

If your current thermostat settings are different, try adjusting the thermostat by a single degree at a time and give yourself and your family time to acclimate before changing it another degree a week or so later. Keep doing this until you reach the recommended settings.

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, we recommend switching out your older model for a smart version. A programmable thermostat can help to automate your temperature settings and maximize energy savings. 

For example, you can turn the heat down a bit lower during the week while you’re away at work, so you’re not paying to heat an empty home. Your programmable thermostat can then adjust the heat back up at a pre-selected time before you plan to arrive home so your house is warm again before you get there. You can do the same thing in the summer for cooling.

Prioritize Maintenance

It’s also a good idea to prioritize annual maintenance for your HVAC system. During a professional service appointment, we will take a look at your thermostat and make sure it is clean and correctly calibrated. We can check the batteries to ensure they have an adequate charge for the coming season until your next maintenance appointment.

We can’t control the weather outside of your home, but we can control the weather inside your home. The team at Mack Morris Heating & A/C is here to help with HVAC and thermostat services, so schedule your appointment today.

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