Best Thermostat Setting for Every Season

thermostatSetting your home thermostat to the right temperature can be tricky, but it can help you become a more cost conscious homeowner. Cooling and heating can account for nearly half the energy use in a typical home1.

Choosing the right temperature for your thermostat can be due to many varying factors such as season, humidity, and personal comfort preferences. See below for our recommendations for every season:

Summer is a peak time during the year in which utility bills rise, as many homes are pumping air conditioning to cool off and lower humidity. To counteract these trends, it is important that homeowners find a way to reduce their HVAC costs, while also maintaining comfort in their home.

Try setting your temperature between 75 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit for more savings.

During the winter months, heating contributes to higher utility bills. Here in Southern California, we are lucky to be spared from really frigid temperatures. But when those chilly days do roll around, set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable option for your family.

Setting your temperature between 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit is best for saving money. However, your comfort will determine where you should maintain your temperature while at home.

Time Away
It is not only a change in season that can affect your energy bill, but spending time away from your home can cause a change in it as well.

Here are several ways that you can save money when you leave home for the day or for vacation:
During warmer months, set the thermostat 5 degrees higher than usual before you leave home
During winter, set the thermostat 5 degrees lower than usual before you leave home
Only turn the thermostat off if you will be gone for less than 24 to 48 hours, but make sure to check the forecast for any large changes in weather
Upgrade to a programmable or WiFi thermostat to realize more savings

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