Save Money While Keeping CoolWhen you aren’t home, the real energy savings can begin. For every 1 degree you set your thermostat over 78, you’ll save 5-8% on cooling costs. We recommend 85 in homes without programmable thermostats. That seems to be the magic number. You’ll save money during the day, but it also won’t take long to cool down your home once you crank the thermostat back down to 75 or 78 degrees.
Other Benefits of Raising the DialWhen your system isn’t running all day long, it works less. That means less frequent filter changes (always a concern with Vacaville smog), fewer repair bills, and a longer lifespan. While most systems installed in houses today are only expected to last 10 years, you can easily squeeze more life from an old system if you don’t ask too much of it when you’re not there to enjoy its labors. Similarly, if you install a new system expected to last 20 years or more, you’ll get the most life from it with proper dial control. Many people have bad habits when it comes to their thermostat. And, not coincidentally, we do a lot of repair work on those people’s systems.
Other Thermostat ConsiderationsNo two houses are the same, so there are a few other things you should take into consideration when deciding where to set your dial when you are at home.
- Stay-at-Home Pets: If you have a dog, cat, or other pet, you may need to be careful of how high you raise your thermostat. The temperature in your house should be no more than 80 degrees if you have a pet. It’s important that it remain stable so your pooch doesn’t overheat at home.
- The 60-Degree Myth: Some people believe that lowering the dial to 60 degrees will make the system cool faster than setting it to 70 degrees. This is a myth—and it’s also a good way to waste money due to excess cooling. The thermostat isn’t like an accelerator pedal on a car; it just turns things on and off. When the thermostat heats up, it turns on, and when it cools to the requested temperature, it turns off.
- Smart Thermostats: Have you considered a smart or programmable thermostat? Controlled from your smartphone, smart thermostats are pretty impressive pieces of technology. Honeywell’s Lyric thermostat is a great example. But even a regular programmable thermostat will be better than most standard options. Either will allow you to set certain times to come on and off, or different temperatures throughout the day.