There are specific dos and don’ts of thermostat operation, which can affect both your energy bill and comfort level inside your home. For example, did you know that the type of make and model you choose can make a huge difference? Certain thermostat models are paired with specific HVAC systems to achieve optimal performance.
Maintain Consistent Temperature
What’s the first thing you do when it’s hot outside? Most homeowners think that lowering temperature will cool their home more efficiently. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Setting the temperature too low doesn’t necessarily cool your home any faster, but it will significantly increase your overall energy consumption. For optimal performance, maintain a consistent temperature and only decrease the temperature in small increments. Not only does this lower your electric bill, but it also keeps your HVAC system running as efficiently as possible.
Adjust Fan Speed
When heating or cooling your home, fan speed also plays a significant role. When the temperature is set too high or too low, the fan inside your unit runs far too much. In the summer, the lower temperature, combined with reduced levels of humidity, can make your home feel cooler.
The same holds true from when it’s cold outside. If you turn your heat up too high, your HVAC unit works harder to keep up with temperature demands. Not only does this increase your energy bill, but it also causes excessive wear and tear on your system.
If your HVAC system has a separate fan setting, you can have just the fan run without the compressor coming on. Doing this will circulate the indoor air that’s already been conditioning, and may eliminate hot and cold spots in your home.
Save Money and Energy
Saving money begins with proper temperature control. Many heating and cooling problems are directly linked to thermostat usage. If it seems like your HVAC is running too much or not enough, the temperature may not be accurate. When it comes to keeping your home as cozy and comfortable, consult an experienced HVAC contractor before making significant temperature changes.