Is Your Thermostat Programmed Right for Spring Weather?

Spring is fast approaching and with it comes warmer temperatures and an increase in humidity. Soon you will be sweating and dreaming of cooler days when the heat has you down. Ask yourself, is your cooling system ready for the hot, sticky summer? Maintaining the ideal temperature setting in your home can be expensive and a challenge if you don’t know how to utilize your thermostat settings starting in the spring. Follow these 5 tips before your home becomes rainforest hot!

Gradual Thermostat Settings

The first way to acclimate your thermostat to the rising temperature outside is to gradually lower your thermostat. You might want to crank the setting extremely low, unfortunately doing so will send your energy bill through the roof and force your system to work harder than necessary. Set your thermostat at the highest possible setting you can stand, so it’s not far off from the outside temperature. This allows your air conditioner to work less often and lowers your energy bill.

Adjusting Your Internal Settings

When you slowly adjust your thermostat to adapt to the climate change outside, it makes for a smoother transition for both you and your HVAC system. You can get used to the warmer weather gradually by increasing the thermostat by one degree every day until you reach the setting perfect for your home and wallet. Your body will adapt to higher temperatures without sacrificing your comfort. Ideal temperatures for your home during the spring and summer average around 78°F and during the winter, set the at 68° or lower to maximize savings year-round.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Preparing for spring weather is simple with the right thermostat. A programmable thermostat helps you control your heating and cooling equipment 24/7 without you being at home. If you have an older analog thermostat requiring you to manually adjust and reset your temperature, upgrading to a programmable thermostat is worth the initial cost.

Basic programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures based on your schedule. You can raise the temperature setting while you are at work/school and asleep. When you are home, you can program your thermostat to lower the temperature before you come home, so you never consciously feel the warmer temperature. Programmable thermostats even offer a setting for vacation, which you activate when you head out of town.

One step further if you upgrade is a smart, programmable thermostat. A smart thermostat has additional features to boost your HVAC system’s efficiency without you hardly lifting a finger! It learns the behavior and habits of you and your family, dropping and raising the temperature without you controlling it. In vacation mode, you can switch your heating and cooling unit back to an ideal temperature just before you get home. Smart thermostats offer mobile applications and are accessed through Wi-Fi connections. The possibilities are limitless when you upgrade your thermostat to a more advanced Wi-Fi programmable thermostat!

Deny the Sun Access

Aside from controlling the temperature in your home directly via a programmable thermostat, you can also lower the temperature indoors by closing the blinds or shades. When the sun is directly beating down on your home and shining through your windows, the temperature of your home begins to rise. Keep cool by blocking the sun with dark curtains and blinds during the middle of the day. This allows you to stay cool and prevents false readings between your thermostat and HVAC system.

Utilize Ceiling Fans

Don’t underestimate the value of a ceiling fan. They come in handy during the summer and winter! Running a ceiling fan can make a room feel several degrees cooler. The cool air created by your air conditioning system is circulated to every room and a ceiling fan will push cool air around, so even temperatures are easily maintained. Reverse the rotation during the winter to push warm air back down from the ceiling.

Take advantage of your thermostat settings to save energy without sacrificing your comfort. Contact Mills Heating & Air for your new programmable thermostat! Our technicians will offer you the best options for your current system and quickly install your new equipment. For lower bills call Mills!

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