Installing a smart thermostat in your Florence, South Carolina, home is a great way to reduce your energy consumption and save money on utility bills. However, it’s important to program it correctly to maximize your savings. To take full advantage of your smart thermostat, set it to make gradual temperature changes, don’t adjust it often, and pay attention to the weather.
Gradually Change the Temperature
If you’re used to cooler temperatures when you’re at home during the warmer months, set your smart thermostat to make gradual adjustments. If you make a sudden jump from a cool 68 degrees to a much warmer 78, you might feel so uncomfortable that you give up. Instead, program your thermostat to increase the temperature by one degree every day or two. Giving your body a little time to adjust will make it more likely that higher temperatures feel comfortable to you.
Of course, you should reverse this process in the winter, gradually decreasing the temperature until you reach your desired setting.
Don’t Adjust It Too Often
Program your thermostat and then leave it alone. If you’re constantly adjusting it by one or two degrees, you won’t experience the full benefits your smart thermostat offers. To maximize savings, the Department of Energy recommends programming your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter during the times you know you’ll be home. Then, program it about 10 degrees higher or lower during the times you know you’ll be away.
Take Note of Weather Conditions
Weather conditions aren’t a huge deal because most smart thermostats adjust automatically. For instance, there’s no reason to change your settings because it’s supposed to be rainy and cooler for a couple of days. However, if you notice that the temperature is steadily changing due to a change in seasons, it’s time to check your settings and make some adjustments.
Need help programming your smart thermostat or want information about purchasing a new one? Give the HVAC experts at Air Solutions Heating and Cooling a call at 803-753-4830.
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