How to Adjust Your Thermostat Without Wasting Energy

Your home’s thermostat is an essential component to your HVAC system. With thermostats, you have control over the comfort of your home at the push of a button.

Due to the fact that you have control of your home’s temperature at your fingertips, it can be tempting to adjust your thermostat each time you feel too warm or too cold in your house. However, constantly changing the temperature on your thermostat will only do one thing: waste energy.

Wasting energy in your home can do a number of things, but it will definitely cause your monthly bills to increase. In this blog, you’ll learn how to adjust your thermostat to ensure maximum comfort in your home while also saving energy.

Don’t Turn Your AC Off While You’re Away

When you leave your home for an extended period of time, you might think turning off your HVAC system completely will save you money on your energy bills. However, turning your system off and then turning it back on a few days later will cause your HVAC unit to overwork itself, trying to quickly get your home back to the temperature it is set to on your thermostat. This will only wear down your HVAC unit, and when your unit is working extra hard to make you feel comfortable, it wastes more energy.

Instead of turning your system off, adjust the temperature by just a few degrees warmer. That way, you aren’t wasting energy cooling a home that’s empty, but you’re still keeping it cool enough to prevent it from feeling like a sauna when you return.

Adjust Your Thermostat While You’re Sleeping and at Work

Similar to how you would adjust your thermostat while you’re away for a few days, the same applies to when you’re sleeping or working during the day. Turn your thermostat up a few degrees while you’re sleeping or at work during the day. Again, an empty home doesn’t need to feel as cool as it would when there’s a full household. If you feel too warm while you’re sleeping, turning on your ceiling or floor fan will add an extra breeze.

Find a Temperature That is Comfortable and Stick to It

It can be difficult to find a temperature that makes everyone in your household feel comfortable. So, instead of adjusting the thermostat every time someone complains about the temperature, do your best to find a happy medium that satisfies everyone.

Setting the temperature too low can make somebody feel cold, but setting it too high can feel extremely warm to someone else. If you choose a temperature to set your thermostat to that everyone feels comfortable with, stick to that temperature. If you feel too warm, dehumidifiers are a great way to get rid of that extra humidity. If you’re too cold, throw on a pair of fuzzy socks and wrap yourself in a blanket.

Keep an Eye Out for Issues

Oftentimes, homeowners will adjust their thermostat to their desired setting but their home just doesn’t feel like the temperature it should be. If this happens to you, make sure your thermostat is set correctly. If you know your thermostat is set correctly, there could be something wrong with your HVAC system. That’s where Cousin's Air, Inc. comes in to help! Our South Florida experts are here to make your home cool and comfortable again with our AC repair services.

If your home is feeling a little too warm and you believe you have something wrong with your AC system, give us a call at (954) 228-5965 or fill out our online contact form to make an appointment with us!