Making your home as comfortable as possible is important. However, it can also be difficult to do, especially if you are worried about saving money on your utility bills. Thankfully, there are several ways that you can achieve better results, just by using your thermostat. Here are some important tips for comfort, energy conservation and savings.
First, during the winter, consider setting your thermostat about two degrees cooler than usual. If you keep your thermostat at 72, then cut it back to 70. This will allow you to stay comfortable, but it will also provide some important savings on your energy use. Of course, if your HVAC system is older, then you should consider investing in a new, high-efficiency heating and cooling system, as this will truly allow you to maximize your savings while ensuring that your home is as comfortable as possible.
Second, check your fan setting on the thermostat. If it is set to auto, change the switch to on. While this will use more electricity, it will provide you with some important benefits. For instance, you will find that this keeps the air moving in your home, which can greatly add to comfort. In addition, you will also find that because your fan is running continually, you will have better air filtration, which is an important consideration. Indoor air quality is often far worse than outdoor air quality, and keeping the air circulating will help remove more particles, allergens and pollutants from the air in your home.
Third, you should take some of the strain off of your system. If you have closed air registers in your home, open them. You should also make sure that all of your doors are open. While this might seem counterintuitive, it actually helps to increase the efficiency of your system, as well as the comfort of your home. When your heating system operates, it forces air throughout the entire system, whether you have open or closed registers. However, if there are closed registers, then you are adding strain to your system, which equates to a considerably greater amount of wear and tear – you’re shortening the lifespan of your heating and cooling system while increasing the costs to operate it, essentially.
Finally, if you are concerned that your heating and cooling system is not operating at peak efficiency, you should contact an HVAC expert to inspect and service it.