When it’s time to switch your thinking from cooling down with air conditioning to warming up with your heating system, that’s when you should consider the best settings for Fall weather, both from a comfort standpoint and from an energy-saving standpoint. Before you install the ideal settings for the Fall, you should take a little time to familiarize yourself with your programmable thermostat. Many homeowners who have these thermostats installed don’t make the best use of them, simply because they’re not aware of all the options, and they don’t understand the benefits that can be gained by using them.
It’s worth your while to learn how to get the most out of your programmable thermostat because it could end up saving you a lot of money, and it will definitely increase the level of comfort for your household members.
Lower The Temperature When No One Is Home
It stands to reason that the less heat you use in your household, the more money you’ll save on heating bills. There’s no reason for you to heat the household when it’s empty, so you should lower the temperature to between 55 and 60°F when no one is home. Your heating system won’t have to work so hard, and the house will probably warm up anyway, as the sun finds its way into your home.
Lower The Temperature When Everyone Is Sleeping
All your household occupants should remain quite comfortable under their comforters and quilts at night, regardless of what the temperature is doing outside during the Fall season. That means you should be able to lower the thermostat temperature to between 55° and 60°F. Since your body temperature automatically drops while you’re sleeping, you’ll actually be more comfortable when the room temperature is a little lower anyway. This will also end up in significant savings for you since these lower temperature settings will be in effect for eight hours or more.
Use Lower Temperatures For Eight Hours
According to the Department of Energy, you can save 1% on your annual heating costs for every degree to which you lower the temperature in your household. That means if you lower the temperature by 5°, you’ll be able to save 5% on your annual heating costs. However, you have to remember that this lower temperature setting must be in effect for at least eight hours in order for you to achieve the stated savings. Of course, some household members may consider that to be a bit chilly, but adding a long sleeve shirt may be worth it in order to enjoy those reduced energy bills.
Increase Temperature Prior To Wake-Up
It’s a good idea to program your thermostat to begin increasing the temperature in your household half an hour prior to the time that dwellers normally wake up, or half an hour before the time occupants begin arriving home. Your household can be warmed up fairly quickly, even if you drop the temperature to 55° while you’ve been away. So that you don’t experience the discomfort of waking up or arriving in a chilly household, simply program your thermostat to begin reheating the home 30 minutes prior to the time everyone wakes up or comes home.