Shorter days and longer nights mark the coming of winter–which means it’s time to check whether your home is prepped and ready for the season. Inspect the area around your doors and windows for gaps where drafts can leak in, then seal them as needed. It’s also a good idea to have your roof and gutters checked for possible damage. If they do have damage, promptly schedule repair and maintenance work. Also, make sure to never overlook the condition of your heating system. After all, you’ll be relying on it to keep your home warm and cozy during the winter season. Schedule a tune-up with your trusted local HVAC technician to ensure it’s in tip-top shape.
But while your priority is to keep your living space consistently comfortable in the winter, you still need to take your energy consumption into account. How exactly do you keep your heating costs to a minimum during this season? Here’s a simple tip: make sure your thermostat is set at the ideal setting. Custom Air Systems, the premier HVAC company in the area, shares which thermostat settings can help you save on your winter heating i this post.
1. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (or 20 degrees Celsius) when you’re at home. According to ENERGY STAR®, this provides the ideal balance of comfort and energy efficiency. In fact, by lowering your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours every day, you can also expect a reduction in heating and air conditioning costs of up to 15% per year.
2. Set the temperature five to eight degrees lower. If your home is going to be unoccupied for four hours or more, you should consider setting the thermostat to this lower temperature. This allows you to save more on your winter heating bill. During hotter months, you can do the reverse–adjusting the thermostat up five to eight degrees to save on cooling energy. Here’s another tip: lower your thermostat at night when you sleep. Many homeowners find it more comfortable to sleep in a cooler room while using winter blankets to keep warm. But of course, this will ultimately depend on you and your family’s personal comfort preferences.
Making the most of your heating and air conditioning system is worry-free when your thermostat is working the way it should. This is especially crucial in winter, when wasting energy becomes all-too if you’re not careful. Here are some pointers to consider:
1. Proper thermostat placement matters. To ensure your thermostat can accurately read your home’s temperature, make sure to install it on an interior wall near the center of the house. Avoid placing it in areas that see direct sunlight or above air vents. Make sure it’s not installed in hallways, the kitchen or near doors and windows either. You should also keep in mind which rooms you and your family use often, because these will be the areas where you’ll want the temperature to be the most comfortable.
2. Set the thermostat at an energy-saving temperature. This is ideal when you’re not at home for long periods during the day, or when it’s bedtime. If you’re going away for the weekend, or planning on doing a fair bit of travelling, make sure to set the thermostat to “hold” at a constant energy-saving temperature. This way, you won’t have to worry as much about your heating or air conditioning costs.
3. Change the batteries. If your thermostat runs on them, change the batteries each year. There are some models that will remind you when it’s time to get new ones.
If you find manually changing your thermostat settings throughout the day a bit tedious, you should consider investing in a smart, programmable thermostat. This allows you to run a scheduled heating and cooling program specifically tailored to your daily schedule and specific comfort needs. In fact, most programmable thermostats can adjust the temperature inside your home automatically six or more times a day. But how do you choose the model that best suits your home?
Just turn to Custom Air Systems for this. We’re not just your expert in HVAC installation–we can also help you manage your indoor environment the stress-free way with our range of high-quality thermostats from top brand, Carrier®. Choose from our:
Wi-Fi thermostats. These options can make a marked difference in your home’s thermal comfort and wallet. Using your mobile device, you can conveniently set the ideal temperature, whether you’re at home or on the go. Our Carrier Wi-Fi smart thermostats are ENERGY-STAR certified. With automatic adjustments, they’ll help save on energy costs by only switching on your system when you need it. In fact, you can expect up to 23% in savings on annual heating and cooling energy costs per year with our top-tier options. What’s more, they can help you track your energy consumption so you can better understand how much you’re spending.
Non Wi-Fi thermostats. If you still prefer the traditional option, we have that, as well. Our excellent Carrier non Wi-Fi thermostats are convenient and easy to use. With a few presses of a button, you can make temperature control in your home a breeze. Did you know that they can also help you manage indoor humidity? When your living space has excessive moisture levels, you’ll have to contend with poor indoor air quality and the possibility of mold and mildew. Our enhanced Performance™ series thermostats can help you mitigate this when they have the Ideal Humidity System® management feature enabled.
Maintaining the comfort and energy efficiency of your home this winter is simpler when you work with a reliable HVAC installation and maintenance company like Custom Air Systems. Aside from our exceptional thermostat options from Carrier, we’ll also handle your heating system tune-up and repairs. With our skilled and experienced technicians, we’ll perform a comprehensive inspection of your furnace and– should we discover the first indications of an HVAC problem–recommend the necessary fix.
Custom Air Systems can ensure your home remains comfortable and energy-efficient no matter the season through our high-quality HVAC services. We proudly serve Manvel, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (281) 489-1830 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We’d love to hear from you!