Spring is the time of year when you transition from home heating to cooling. As you shift your focus to keeping your home cool, learn the best thermostat setting for spring along with other techniques to stay comfortable and save money.
How to Set Your Thermostat in Spring
On warm spring days, set the thermostat as high as comfortably possible. We recommend keeping your home at 78 degrees F when you’re at home or sleeping. Then, raise the temperature to 85 degrees when you’re gone all day to avoid air conditioning a vacant house.
Programmable Thermostats Make it Easy to Save
The problem with setting the thermostat to 85 degrees while you’re at work is that you return to a hot house. Do away with this problem by installing a programmable thermostat. Used properly, this upgrade can save you 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills.
Programmable thermostats let you set changing temperatures based on your family’s schedule. There are usually four daily settings: Wake, Leave, Return, and Sleep. Depending on the model you choose, you can program individual settings for every day; weekends and weekdays; or one setting for the entire week.
To make the most of your programmable thermostat, follow these suggestions:
- Program “Leave” settings for as long as possible to maximize your savings.
- Resist the urge to override settings. If you’re too hot, take off a layer or turn on a fan.
- When you do override the setting, change the temperature by just a degree or two.
- Use the “hold” button to cancel all normal settings when you go on vacation.
Run Ceiling Fans
The wind chill effect from running a fan makes you feel about 4 degrees cooler. In this way, you can set the thermostat set to 78 degrees and feel more like 74 degrees at a fraction of the cost. Just remember to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave to avoid wasting energy. After all, the wind chill effect cools people, but it doesn’t actually change the temperature in the room.
Use the Windows to Your Advantage
The great thing about spring weather is that it varies from day to day. Keep your thermostat set to 78 degrees when you’re at home, but open the windows on cool days to bring the temperature much lower. This technique is especially useful at night when you can open windows to cool off your home and help you sleep.
On hotter spring days, remember to close the windows in the morning, trapping cool air inside to prevent the AC from running all day. You should also draw the curtains to keep out the sun and heat. This helps your air conditioner run more efficiently and prevents south-facing rooms from becoming uncomfortably hot.
Keep Cool This Spring with Solutions from Rick’s Heating & Cooling
Choosing the right thermostat setting is an important part of staying comfortable and saving money this spring. We can install a programmable thermostat in your home if you don’t already have one and show you how to maximize its effectiveness. You can also count on us for air conditioner services to keep things running smoothly this spring and summer.
For more home cooling tips, or to schedule AC services, please contact Rick’s Heating & Cooling, serving Cincinnati and the surrounding areas since 1986.