Our Greater Lehigh Valley weather is already on the warm-up, meaning you’ve probably already seen some of those burgeoning energy costs. But before the sting really starts to set in, the experts at Jack Lehr Heating, Cooling & Electric have some good news for you! There is a fast, easy, and totally stress-free way to keep those costs low. Want to know how? Follow along!
Why Your Thermostat Setting Matters
More cooling equals more cost, right? But do you know exactly how much a single degree can really mean? Because it’s actually quite a lot more than most expect. Each and every degree you set your system higher accounts for a whopping eight to 12 percent increase in power usage! That means each degree you set your system higher can set you back a big buck or two, and it will add up in a real hurry.
What Is My Best Spring Thermostat Setting?
The hard part is that there’s no real definitive answer here. Some homeowners find 75 degrees perfectly palatable, while others aren’t going to be happy if the temp hits higher than 68. The best advice you can get is to try to set it as high as is comfortable to maximize both your comfort and your savings. However, this is where the good news comes in:
There’s a bunch of ways to be more comfortable in your home and to reduce cooling costs through thermostat control! You can have it all—your ideal setting and your savings. All it takes is a little know-how.
Easy Ways to Cut Costs and Keep Thermostat Temps Higher
There’s a best option here, but we’ll get to that. In the meantime, here’s some freebies that take basically nothing at all:
- Ceiling fans. We’ve all got ceiling fans, but not many of them see enough use. When in the proper setting (counter-clockwise for the hot season) your ceiling fan can lower the perceived temperature of a room by multiple degrees, allowing you to set your thermostat higher.
- Give it a break while you’re away. It’s a fact that you can lower your overall energy costs by up to 10 percent total just by setting your thermostat higher while you’re away. If you work eight hours with no one home, that’s eight hours of savings! Just be sure to not set the thermostat too high, since if it has to work too hard to get the temperature back to comfortable then you lose everything you saved.
- Block out the sunlight. Direct sunlight can heat pump your home by multiple degrees, making a home set at 72 feel like 80! We all love natural light, but it can save you a bundle if you close off direct sunlight during the day.
Your Best Option: Programmable Thermostats!
Wish there was a system that could learn your exact preferences and smartly set the ideal temperatures for optimal comfort and savings at all times in your home? Because there is one. Programmable thermostats are one of the biggest, best, and most successful smarthome applications available today.
These programmable thermostats are able to be set up to follow your exact routines and comfort needs. In addition, they learn what works for you best, making subtle adjustments in order to help you save more, and feel more comfortable in your home. You’ll even get energy usage reports and alarms when energy use spikes too much in modern models!
Want to learn more about programmable thermostats? Contact Jack Lehr online today! Our certified HVAC tech teams make saving money easy, offering top-class solutions to homeowners in Pennsylvania and South Jersey!