Homeowners everywhere constantly struggle with the ongoing battle of in-home comfort and saving money on their electric bill. When you consider that more than half of all energy consumed by the average American household every year is dedicated to heating and cooling, you can see how quickly even a small change can add up on your electric bill, pulling more money out of your pocket.
However, what many homeowners don’t realize is that they don’t actually have to make that choice. There are ways you can set your thermostat that both save energy and allow you to enjoy your home at a comfortable temperature. In this blog, we’ll explain a few valuable tips you can follow that both keep your home at an ideal temperature and avoid blowing out your budget on energy costs.
Set an Upstairs and Downstairs Thermostat
If you live in a multi-story home, you’re probably well familiar with the tendency for the upper rooms to be significantly hotter than the ones downstairs. Warm air naturally rises, and in the middle of summer there’s plenty of hot, muggy air to go around, thus making cooling your upper floor a seemingly constant battle. However, it’s not an unwinnable one—if your upstairs and downstairs floors are separated into two different HVAC zones with different thermostats, a simple change could be all you need.
Most people think that running the upstairs and downstairs zones at the same temperature leads to better efficiency and results, but this isn’t true. Instead, set your upstairs thermostat to your ideal temperature and then your downstairs one two degrees warmer. This will not only yield comfortable results all throughout your home, but really counteract the problem of upstairs rooms having to deal with so much more warm air. The cooler air will naturally fall as well, cooling your downstairs rooms to your desired temperature and creating a balanced environment.
Run a Few Fans
What’s the best setting for reducing energy consumption in your thermostat? You guessed it: “off.” A system that isn’t running is one that isn’t using any energy, and thus isn’t ringing up a huge energy bill each month. So instead of switching your air conditioner on, consider turning on a few fans instead. A fan circulating the air in a room can actually help it feel several degrees cooler than a room without air circulation, all while using significantly less electricity.
This is one reason why ceiling fans are extremely popular additions to homes: the amount of air circulation they provide not only helps keep the room feeling cooler, but helps eliminate the temperature disparity between the ground level and the ceiling itself, thus making your home significantly more comfortable while requiring less central cooling system usage.
Take Advantage of Programming
Modern programmable thermostats are a huge benefit for homeowners who want to save money on their utility bills. Take advantage of this feature by setting your thermostat to a much higher temperature when nobody’s going to be home, such as in the middle of the day when everyone is at work/school. This will mean your system will run less often without letting your home reach extreme or sweltering temperatures. You can also help this along by closing shades and blinds to keep sunlight from pouring through windows.
By setting your thermostats so they are shut off when you know nobody will be home and then turning on again before everyone returns, your home will remain comfortable at all times and you’ll spend less on keeping it that way.
Do you need your thermostat inspected? Are you interested in replacing your old, worn-out unit with a state-of-the-art programmable thermostat? Call 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating today at (830) 302-3140 to request an in-home service from one of our Kerrville air conditioning experts!