Over the years, we’ve transitioned from simple thermostats with a knob or two to thermostats with touch screens and a wider range of settings. Some newer smart models can even be controlled through an app on your smartphone!
While the wider availability of settings gives you more control over your HVAC system than in the past, they can be difficult to navigate at first. Knowing how to use your thermostat settings and when to use them can help maximize your system’s efficiency. Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to help you get the most out of your programmable thermostat!
Set Your Thermostat To The Correct Temperature
It seems like a no-brainer, but overheating or overcooling your home can put unnecessary stress on your system and cause your energy bill to rise. So what temperature should you set your thermostat to in our Southern weather? That depends on the season. Ideally, you should aim for 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day in the winter, and 78 degrees in the summer. When sleeping or away from home, you should turn the temperature up or down to conserve energy.
Keep in mind that the hotter it is outside, the less effective your AC will be — even if you have a powerful model! It’s unrealistic to expect your air conditioner to cool your home to 60 degrees when it’s triple digits outside. That’s why setting your thermostat to around 78 degrees in the summer is a more effective strategy.
Take Advantage Of The “Auto” Setting
Using the auto setting on your thermostat goes a long way in maximizing your system’s lifespan and saving on your energy bill. A thermostat programmed to “on” will leave the fan running constantly to keep the air flowing. This will wear down the motor faster and use up energy to power the fan.
This doesn’t mean you should stop using the “on” setting altogether though. There are instances where it may be unusually hot or cold outside that make the constant airflow necessary. The constant airflow is also beneficial on days when the air quality is poor. Keeping the fan on during low air quality days ensures that the air in your home is constantly being filtered of contaminants.
Adjust The Temperature Before Leaving The House
Whether you’re going to run some quick errands, go to work or be away on vacation, it’s always a good idea to give your system a break while you’re out. Depending on the season, setting the temperature up or down seven to ten degrees will go a long way, saving you up to 10% in energy costs per year. Giving your system a break will also prolong the unit’s lifespan since it won’t be working as hard and putting on additional wear when you’re not home.
Avoid Cranking The Temperature
When you come back home, give your body time to adjust from the outside temperature before cranking your thermostat up or down. Sudden changes in temperature will force your system to work hard to adjust quickly, which will cause damage to your system over time. Instead, adjust the temperature gradually by a few degrees at a time.
When In Doubt, Call Your Local HVAC Company!
If you feel like your system isn’t working the way it should no matter what settings you try, it may be time to look into repairing or replacing your thermostat. When it comes to thermostat installation and repair, there’s a lot of complicated wiring involved. It’s always best to call your local HVAC company to avoid shorting out your system and voiding the warranty.
Contact the pros at Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today to see how we can help with any of your thermostat needs!