No matter the season, you want your home to feel comfortable. As an energy-conscious homeowner, however, you don’t want to waste energy to keep your home comfy. Follow our guide to finding and maintaining the optimal temperature for your home while saving energy in both winter and summer.
Why You Need a Smart Thermostat
Manual thermostats are great for controlling the temperature in your home, but they only give you a fraction of the power you need to control your home’s climate in an energy-efficient way. At Ambient Edge, we recommend that homeowners upgrade to a programmable thermostat with added functionality. Smart thermostats allow you to set daily and weekly heating and cooling schedules, and many even let you adjust the temperature from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.
How to Heat Your Home in the Winter
When winter arrives, set your smart thermostat to 68 degrees during the times that your family is typically home and awake. Since there’s no need to keep your home warm while you’re out of the house or asleep, dial back the temperature 8 to 10 degrees during these times. Turning your thermostat down to 60 degrees for a period of eight hours each day helps you save energy and up to 10 percent on your heating bill.
How to Cool Your Home in the Summer
Use the same strategy in the summer, but set 78 degrees as your default temperature. Dial it back to 86 or 88 degrees overnight or while you’re at work, but be sure to program the thermostat to return to a comfortable 78 degrees about 30 minutes before you plan to wake up or return home.
Taking a summer vacation? Override your normal cooling schedule and set the thermostat 8 to 10 degrees above normal until you return.
Whether you need an updated thermostat or a new cooling system, we have the products and expertise you need. Call the team at Ambient Edge for all your HVAC needs: 702-723-4704.
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