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The House Is Empty During the Day: Set the Temperature to Save

Keeping a house’s temperature constant for comfort is the perfect task for a programmable or smart thermostat, but they can also be used as an efficient money saving tool. When the sun rises, your home heats to a certain level during the day. At night, when the sun sets, heat escapes. By placing your home on a heating and cooling schedule with a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature to save based on when you are there or away.

This sounds like a basic principle, but you don’t want to fully shut the HVAC system off only to have it come back on full blast. Temperatures should be regulated, not only for the energy consumption costs, but also for the health of your houseplants, your pipes in winter, and your pets.

Set Home Temperature for a Healthy Home

While away from home, either during the day or for a longer period such as a vacation, you should set the temperature to save in the summer about 82 degrees. This will maintain a healthy ambient temperature in the home, and make it simple and cost effective to bring it back up to your comfort level when you have returned. Set the temperature in winter at about 65.

It’s Also a Maintenance Issue

Keeping your central A/C or heating system running at full blast becomes a wear and tear issue. Also, what purpose does it serve if you are not at home? By programming your thermostat, you can save energy while at work, then raise or lower temperature for comfort before you return.

Keeping your house comfortable should only be a concern when you are there. For more information on setting your home temperatures while away, please contact us today to speak with a Horne Heating and Air Conditioning expert.

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