Put Technology To Work To Save Money & Improve Comfort

thermostat settings north carolinaSmart thermostats are one of the best investments you can make in your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.
According to the Department of Energy, a smart thermostat can help you save 10% or more on your heating costs. Given that half of your home’s energy expenditures are spent on heating, this can add up to a significant amount of money.
With old-school manual thermostats, there can be a variance in temperature between the setting and actual temperature. That variance can be as much as 5°! Smart thermostats set your thermostat precisely to the desired temperature. You’ll be saving both energy and money by not continually fiddling with the thermostat to obtain the proper temperature.
There’s no more “Did I forget to turn down the thermostat?” when you leave the house, only to discover you forgot. When that happens, you end up paying for heating the home while you weren’t even there. You won’t have to worry about getting home to a cold house anymore, either. You can check your thermostat from your smartphone with your smart thermostat’s app. 

What are the Optimal Thermostat Settings?

Before you set the temperatures on your new smart thermostat, get to know it and how it operates. Read the manual and discover its features. Download the app and learn how to use it. 
Once you have a handle on programming your new smart thermostat, you can set it for the ideal balance of minimizing energy usage while maximizing comfort. These guidelines come from the U.S. Department of Energy. for an optimum balance of comfort and savings.

Winter Thermostat Recommendations:

  • When you’re home and awake, set the thermostat for 68°F. 
  • Lower temperatures by 10° for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house. 

Summer Thermostat Recommendations:

  • When you’re home and awake, program air conditioning to 78°F. 
  • Turn your air conditioning setting 7 to 10° higher for when you’re asleep or away from home. 

In general:

  • Set the temperature to drop or rise 30 minutes before leaving home every day. Set the thermostat to return to normal comfort levels 20-30 minutes before you arrive home.
  • Set your thermostat to the desired temperature 60 minutes before going to bed and return it to normal comfort levels 30 minutes before waking up.

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