What Thermostat Setting Is Best In The Summer?

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A study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab revealed that almost 90 of respondents “rarely or never” adjusted the thermostat to set a weekend or weekday program – mostly because they didn’t understand how the thermostat works.

Talk about a missed opportunity!

Managing the temperature of your home with a thermostat is one of the easiest ways we know to save 10 percent or more on your energy costs. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, installing one is a smart move: if you use it correctly, it will pay for itself in the first year you own it.

Best temperatures for your programmable thermostat

Once you’re familiar with your programmable thermostat, the U.S Department of Energy suggests the following settings for an optimum balance of comfort and savings:

Summer months:

  • When you’re home and awake, program air conditioning to 78°F.
  • Program the A/C to shut off during the hours you’re out of the house.

In general:

  • Program heat or A/C to shut off 20-30 minutes before you leave home each day; return them to normal comfort levels 20 to 30 minutes before you come home.*
  • Program reductions in heating or cooling to begin 60 minutes before you go to sleep; return them to normal comfort levels 30 minutes before you awaken.

Cool weather months:

  • When you’re home and awake, set the thermostat for 68°F.
  • Lower temperatures by 10° for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house.

Be smart and save on your monthly energy bills! Want to save even more? Contact Hocon today to learn about high-efficiency home comfort equipment installations in CT!

* If you have wi-fi / wireless thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.

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