Wild temperature fluctuations are becoming the norm these days. In less temperate parts of the country, spring and fall are the most unpredictable, but even in Las Vegas, it’s hard to know what to expect. The mercury can go from the mid-80s in the afternoon and drop down to 30 at night.
While we’re still trying to settle on what our “new normal” actually is, let’s talk about how you can ensure your home comfort no matter what the weather decides to do.
Program Your Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat gives you the option of programming a schedule. Set daily, weekly, or seasonal schedules. Within each season, if you know the temps are going to go crazy, choose a temperature or setting you are comfortable with and stick to it. There should be no need to make any drastic changes except when segueing from one season to another.
If you have a manual thermostat, you are better off leaving it at one setting. Otherwise, with a lot of adjustments up and down, you may notice your energy bills rising. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, think about investing in one. It will improve your comfort, save you money, and it’s super-convenient as most settings can be controlled with a mobile app. A smart thermostat can save you up to 10 percent on your energy bills.
Ensure That Your Home is Well-Sealed
If you have drafty areas in your home or if you have older windows, you might be experiencing temperature fluctuations in these areas. Seal areas around windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping, as appropriate. An improperly sealed home can increase your energy spend by 10 – 15 percent.
Lower the Temperature on Your Water Heater
For every 10 degrees you lower your water heater temperature, you can potentially save three to five percent. Set your max hot water temperature to 120˚ F. To minimize heat loss, insulate your water heater and all exposed pipes.
On Leaving Your Thermostat at One Temperature
Some people find it convenient to leave their thermostat set at one temperature. However, if you are experiencing temperature fluctuations, this approach might be less efficient, especially when you are at home.
Use an eight-hour setting
Set your thermostat to your ideal temperature when you are there, but program it to a more energy-efficient setting for when you’re not at home. For example, you might like it to be 70˚ when it’s scorching outside, but bump it up to 75 or even 80˚ when you leave for work, then back to 70˚ when you come home.
Similarly, if it’s cold outside and you like to have it at about 70˚ inside, knock it down to 65 when you’re at work. You will be surprised at how much you can save – sometimes up to 15 percent!
Bottom line – if you are interested in gaining maximum efficiency of your home comfort system, installing a programmable thermostat is a smart idea. Once you have your settings programmed, you can stop thinking about it – just relax and enjoy, all year-round.
Reach out today for a quote on smart thermostat installation.