Save Money on Your Heating and Cooling Bills
The reason for heating and cooling systems is to provide comfort to your indoor environment. We are constantly asked, “how can I be comfortable while controlling my energy budget and usage?” The easiest way to do this is by adjusting your thermostat settings for the seasons, when you are asleep, and when you are away from home.
When the weather is hot out, you want to do everything you can to stay cool indoors without breaking the bank. We are guilty of blasting the AC during those sweltering days, but it is recommended that you set your home’s cooling system at 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home.
If you leave the house for work or know you will be out for at least four hours, you should set the cooling system to 88 degrees Fahrenheit. You should especially keep this in mind when you are vacationing or know you will be gone for days at a time.
When the weather is chilly, consider keeping your thermostat at 68-70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 65-68 degrees Fahrenheit at night. This should keep you comfortable and help you save on heating costs. When you do raise the temperature, make sure you do so slowly. Quickly raising the heat pump’s temperature activates the heat strip which uses a lot of energy.
If you are going to be away for days at a time, set your thermostat to 60 degrees but do not turn it off.
Other tips to save money during the winter months include closing the flue in your fireplace and installing glass doors to keep in the warm air. Try to keep your thermostat close to the outside temperature – it’s cheaper to keep your home at 70°F when it’s 50°F outside than when it’s 30°F. Make sure you don’t block air vents with drapes and furniture. Change the filters in your heating system every month for optimum efficiency and lower the thermostat every time you leave the house. Lastly, heat your home with the sun’s help. Leave window shades or blinds open during the daytime.
Setting Your Thermostat
To sum it up, in warm months try to keep your thermostat at 78 degrees Fahrenheit. In cooler weather try to keep is around 68-70 degrees and consider lowering it at night if you are able. During both seasons, adjust your thermostat anytime you are going to be out of the house for more than four hours.
Energy.gov reports that you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for eight hours a day from its normal setting.
As always, let Tower Heating and Air know if you have any questions and contact us for more tips on how to save money.