Fall will be here in no time, switching the air conditioner off and the furnace on. Before you really need that furnace, be sure to call Diamond Heating and Cooling for annual maintenance to prepare the HVAC system for the seasonal change.
As Boise residents prepare for the cooler weather, they’ll have to figure out how to best set the thermostat for comfort and optimal energy savings. While the best thermostat setting relies largely on personal comfort, there are some guidelines.
The US Department of Energy recommends having the thermostat set at 68 degrees on cooler days while spending time at home. It’s warm enough to be comfortable while doing chores or being active, but not so warm that it wastes energy.
While everyone is away from the home during school and work, the thermostat can be set at a lower temperature to save energy. Also consider lowering it while sleeping. With everyone in warm clothes and under blankets, they won’t miss a few degrees of heat.
It’s thought that turning the thermostat down 10 degrees while away or asleep can save homeowners 15%-20% on energy bills each year. However, 10 degrees might be a bit of a stretch and could make the system work harder to regain a comfortable temperature. Even turning it down 3-5 degrees will make a difference, just not quite a 20% savings.
Turning the temperature up and down while coming and going can get tedious and someone might forget if they are in a hurry. Combat this by investing in a programmable thermostat. It will change the temperature at the same times each day as it is programmed, keeping energy savings up, and the house comfortable.
It might not seem like a few degrees makes much of a difference, but the savings can add up throughout the year. Having a smoothly running HVAC system will increase the energy savings as well.
Be sure to call Diamond Heating and Cooling to schedule annual maintenance before cold weather arrives in Boise.