Cooling Season Means Getting Your Thermostat Ready

Cooling Season Means Getting Your Thermostat ReadyOnce spring arrives, we know summer is right on its heels. With the approaching change in weather, it’s time to get your home and thermostat ready for the coming heat and humidity.

Here are some preparation advice on how to enjoy a comfortable home and energy savings:

Upgrade To Newer Thermostat Technology

If you currently have a manual thermostat controlling your HVAC, you’ll gain greater convenience with a programmable model. You can also save up to 10 percent on your annual HVAC energy usage by going programmable, according to the Department of Energy. When you compare new thermostats, choose one designed for your type of HVAC system, that also matches your typical weekday-weekend schedule.

Program Your Thermostat for Optimal Savings

The DOE also advises how to program your thermostat to reap the greatest energy savings: Use different temperatures for scheduled daily setback periods — lower when you’re at home and awake, and higher when you’re normally sleeping or away. Setting adjustment periods can bring sizable savings over a year’s time because a single-degree temperature change for eight hours saves one percent in HVAC energy consumption. Additionally, you should:

  • Set a temperature of 78°F when you’re home and awake.
  • Raise it to 85°F when sleeping or away.
  • Try experimenting to see if you can save more energy by setting the temperature higher. Only do this with one- to two-degree changes, to prevent any discomfort or overworking the cooling system.
  • Don’t use the override feature to make an extreme temperature change to cool down your home faster. This won’t speed up the process, but it can reduce the temperature too much and waste energy.
  • Turn on the ceiling fan when a room is occupied and run it in tandem with the A/C. With the blades spinning counter-clockwise, the wind chill effect of the fan cools the skin and boosts comfort. This can let you raise the temperature setting by about four degrees without really noticing any change.

For expert help getting your Martin, Palm Beach or Indian River County home ready for the cooling season, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658. 

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