How to Set Your Thermostat for Maximum Energy and Cost Savings

With the sudden change in weather, everyone is constantly fiddling with the thermostat to set the right temperature. But did you know you could also manage it, keeping the energy and cost savings in mind? This article will provide you with helpful tips on how you can make that possible.

Types of Thermostats:

There are three types of thermostats:

  • Smart Thermostat.

This type of thermostat is available in homes where wireless connectivity is available 24/7. Because it can be managed through smartphones or similar devices. Xfinity Home or Cox Homelife have smart thermostats in their services, where you can manage or control the settings through your smartphone with the right authentication. You can turn it on or off, set up the desired temperature all through your smartphone. 

  • Programmable Thermostats

Programmable Thermostats are also programmed through your smartphone. Thermostats can be turned on or off, and desired temperature can be set with just a touch of a button on your smartphone. It is different from the smart thermostat in the way that the smart thermostat is designed to be energy and cost-efficient.  

  • A manual Thermostat

A manual Thermostat is an old-school device to maintain the temperature of your home. Some people who are not very up-to-date with the technology still prefer manual thermostats, though they are fading out anyway. You can set up the desired temperature manually by rotating the knob on the thermostat. Once the temperature has been set, your home will start to heat up or cool down until the desired temperature has been reached.

A programmable thermostat is more cost and energy-efficient than a manual thermostat, and a smart thermostat is more effective at both than the other two. 

Thermostats for Maximum Cost and Energy Savings

According to US Energy Information Administration, the average monthly bill of an average American resident is $136. However, you can save up to 10% of that on your electric bill if you consider the cost savings of managing a thermostat. You can also use the thermostat in an energy-efficient manner. This will be discussed below.

  • Downstairs should be warmer than upstairs.

This could save you a couple of dollars on your electric bill. In a multi-story home, heat tends to rise towards the upper level of the house making the rooms on the upper portion warmer. Set the upstairs temperature to two degrees cooler than the downstairs temperature. That way the thermostat will be in constant motion of cycling the temperatures: HVAC will heat downstairs rooms, the heat will rise to the upstairs rooms, HVAC will detect cooling in downstairs rooms and pump the heat back into the downstairs rooms. 

  • Only run your fan when the heater is on.

While keeping the HVAC fan on will keep the air uniform and regular, it doesn’t help with the energy efficiency. HVAC requires energy to work, even if the heater isn’t one: the air ducts are often full of leaks, which lead to a massive amount of heat loss. The more HVAC is being run, the more heat is pumped through a duct system, and the more chance is more heat loss through the air duct. Your HVAC system is using a ton of heat and electrical energy to keep the fan running. This, as a result, can add up to your electric bills.  

  • Lower the temperature at night.

You should turn your thermostat down when you are about to sleep. Lowering the thermostat just by three degrees when you’re down for eight hours of sleep can help you to save $100 per month. You can use the blanket instead to stay warm throughout the night. You are also not really keeping the furnace off, which will still kick on and keep the temperature stable in your home while you are sleeping.  

  • Turn down the thermostat, use ceiling fans instead,

during the summer months. The ceiling fans will keep you cool without any excessive energy costs. You can even do that during the winter months as well. Your ceiling fan has a small switch on the outside of the motor housing which causes the motor to flip in the opposite direction, which is designed for winter mode. This opposite flip of the ceiling fan can cause the air to stay upwards, due to the blades of the fan being bent in a specific way. This reverses the direction of the airflow, hence it won’t be cold for you in the winters. 

In conclusion, whether they like it or not, people are very adaptable when it comes to temperature. The lower you set your temperature, the more energy you will save and the more money you will reduce in your monthly electricity bill. You will be surprised by how much money you are saving on your electric bill when you try out cost-effective and energy-saving methods for using the thermostat. 

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