Your thermostat is much more than a device used to regulate temperatures. How you set and program your thermostat will play a major role in the amount of energy you use, and how much you spend on your energy bill.
At AC Las Vegas, we perform HVAC services across the greater metro area. We’ve compiled a few rules on how to set your thermostat more effectively.
Never Set and Forget
You don’t need to have a programmable digital or touch screen thermostat to conserve energy. Even an old turning dial will work. It just might take a little more active setting. In the winter months, set your thermostat somewhere around 68 degrees when you are at home and awake.
When it’s time for bed, lower it a few degrees. You’ll be bundled up in blankets anyway. You’ll also want to lower the temperature before you leave for work. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day can shave 15% off your heating costs.
Are you going out of town for a while? Set the temperature even lower while you’re gone. With many of today’s programmable digital thermostats, you can set them to automatically perform these functions during certain times of the day. Just don’t forget to manually set the temperature if you are going out of town.
How to Set Your Thermostat in the Summer
The Las Vegas summers can really heat up and a good AC unit is critical. For many residents, energy costs climb significantly, but it doesn’t have to be that way. First off, consider the warmest you are willing to be inside your home. For many, 78 degrees is a nice comfortable temperature.
When the mercury is pushing 100 degrees, walking into a nice 78 degree home can feel like stepping inside a refrigerator. Setting it lower than that will only increase your energy costs.
Just like in the winter, you’ll want to adjust your thermostat when you are gone. This time set it 10 or 15 degrees higher, instead of making it cooler.
Don’t believe the Myths
There are plenty of people who don’t adjust their thermostat because they believe a heater or air conditioner will work harder and ruin longer when you turn it back on to compensate for the lower or higher temperature.
This simply isn’t true. The insulation in your home is made to keep the warm air in in the winter and the hot air out in the summer. When the temperature does rise inside your home during the summer, it will actually slow the flow of heat coming into your home. The same holds true in the winter. When the temperature inside your home is cooler, heat escapes at a slower pace.
The simple fact is that knowing how to set your thermostat will lead to savings any time of year in Las Vegas.