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Thermostat Tips: Above or Below 70?

Are you someone who likes to keep their thermostat at a certain temperature because it’s cost-effective, or simply because it’s comfortable for you?

HVAC units can be tricky for some people, especially first-time homebuyers. I’m sure it can be a little nerve-wracking, trying to figure out how a thermostat works and what temperature you should be setting it to. I assure you, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure it out.

So let’s dive right into the following thermostat tips. For starters, there isn’t just one temperature setting that works for everyone. Your thermostat has to fit your lifestyle, a lot depends on if you’re home most of the day, travel for work, or if it’s winter or summer. Let’s not forget that animals and houseplants are also something to consider.

If you’re someone who likes it a little warmer, say 70 degrees, then when you’re away, bump it to 80. Make sure there are no drafts coming from windows and ensure that for the most part all blinds are closed. This will help your thermostat transition smoothly and not overwork itself when you get home and return it to the desired 70.

Summer may seem tricky since we think our AC should be working overtime to keep us cool. I can say with certainty that there are other ways to ensure you stay cool during those hot summer days, without it costing you a fortune. During the summer, depending on where you live, there are nights that drop a little in temperature. This is the perfect opportunity to open your windows in the evening and allow that air to cool your home down. This will help not over-exert your AC. Avoid opening windows and blinds during the day, that way you’re not allowing warm air and or light from getting in.

Winter months are different for everyone. Some people still like it to be cooler indoors and some like it to be toasty. If you’re looking to keep costs low during the winter we recommend wearing warmer garments while keeping it cooler inside. Let’s not forget animals and or houseplants are resilient. As long as you’re not keeping your home below 40, they should not feel any effects if you decided to keep your home somewhere around 60.

Another factor to take into consideration is where your thermostat is placed. I know it seems strange, but it definitely is important. You want to make sure you’re not placing it in an area near the kitchen and or household appliances that can give off heat. This can trick your thermostat into thinking it’s much warmer than it actually is, which then causes it to work overtime to cool down your home.

Let’s not forget a high-performing HVAC system also plays a huge role. Make sure you’re investing in a high-efficiency system that operates with less energy. We hope these thermostat tips will help you stay warm and cool in your home for years to come.