You come inside from a long Saturday in the sun in Virginia Beach, Virginia. But hours after you turn down the thermostat, your home feels as warm as when you walked in. The problem is, you’ve been turning down the temperature for two months now, and your system can’t take it anymore. Read on to find the balance between temperature and energy efficiency with the best thermostat settings for summer.
The Best Thermostat Settings
Feeling comfortable for a few days is great. But if you’re pushing your system so hard that it breaks down, you’ll have to deal with greater discomfort for a longer period. This means that you need to find a balance between comfort and energy efficiency.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that when you’re home, keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees. If you can manage to set the temperature higher, you’ll save more and reduce the strain on your HVAC system.
To maintain your HVAC system for long-term comfort, set your temperature higher while you’re out of the house. Keeping the temperature at 88 degrees will prevent you from wasting energy to cool an empty home.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
You want to keep your home warmer while you’re away, but you don’t want to return to a home that’s 88 degrees. Fortunately, with a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to. A programmable thermostat allows you to set different temperature settings for various parts of the day. If you know you’ll be home from your evening commute at 5 p.m., set the thermostat to start cooling your living space at 4:30 p.m.
You shouldn’t have to choose between saving money and being comfortable. These thermostat settings will help you find the balance that provides both. To ensure that your HVAC system can provide comfort for years to come, call Weather Makers at 757-263-4869.
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