Heating and air conditioning are among the reasons it's better to be inside than outside during the hottest days of summer and the coolest days of fall and winter. However, the costs of staying at your preferred level of comfort in your home can add up quickly if you're not careful. Did you know the way you use your thermostat can help you make the most of your HVAC? Consider these fall thermostat tips to improve your climate control and energy efficiency:
Don’t Waste Energy on an Empty House
Turn the thermostat down when nobody's home. If your family members are at work or school during the day, there’s no reason to keep the thermostat cranked all the way up. If you have furry pets, they can generally handle temperatures a few degrees lower than the rest of us.
Use Blankets and Warm PJs Instead of Cranking Up the Heat
The nights can get cool during the fall months, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep the heat up too high all night long. The pros recommend turning the heat down around 10 or 10:30 p.m. If you have a programmable thermostat, it’s even easier to schedule a certain time each night to turn down the thermostat. Studies show you will sleep better in slightly cooler indoor temperatures anyway! If you worry you or the kids will be uncomfortable, simply throw on a few extra blankets for a cozy night’s sleep.
Get a Fall HVAC Tune-Up
Perhaps the best fall thermostat tip of all is to make sure your system is in tip-top shape to handle the colder weather. No one wants to discover their furnace won’t kick on properly on the first truly cold night in the fall. Don’t risk it! Schedule your fall HVAC maintenance visit now, so you can make sure your furnace is ready to go when you need it most.
Get in touch with our experts at HH Hovey for more fall thermostat tips or to get the maintenance and services you need for your heating and air conditioning.