We would all love to run our heating and air conditioning units at full blast and make our homes and businesses frosty cool in the summer and toasty warm in the winter. But this uses an excessive amount of energy. The good news is that there's usually an agreeable setting on your thermostat where you can live and work comfortably, yet save money on your heating and cooling costs.
The ideal thermostat temperature setting in the winter is 68 degrees and in the summer, it's 78 degrees. Depending on how effectively your HVAC system works and how insulated your building is, you can tweak this recommendation. However, this suggestion seeks to reach a compromise between feeling comfortable and saving as much money as possible on your utility bills.
If you're cold in the winter and you want to warm things up quickly, you might wish to set your thermostat to a high temperature. And in the summer, when you're hot and want to cool down ASAP, you might choose to set your thermostat to a low temperature. While logic says using these extreme settings will help heat or cool your building faster, this is not the case. What often happens is that the interior area cools and heats at the same rate as usual, but then overshoots the desired temperature, wasting energy.
According to Energy.gov, if you have a heat pump, you won't save energy by setting the temperature back in the winter. This is because when you run your heat pump at a lower setting to make it cooler in your building, the heat pump actually runs less efficiently.
And with steam heating and radiant floor heating systems, there can be a delay in the time it takes for things to heat up. So when setting the temperature back on the thermostat in the winter, you will need to factor this time delay for things to get warm.
Your heating and air conditioning system has unique quirks when it comes to running most efficiently. To learn more about these characteristics, contact our team at Climate Control at your earliest convenience.Back to Posts