Spring has finally arrived, and you’re ready to enjoy it — both inside and outside your home. Unfortunately, your utility bills can be unpredictable at this time of year since your Spring energy usage can seem to be all over the place.
Have you ever wondered if you could change that? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a magic switch in your home that would instantly allow you to start saving money? What if I told you there is? Of course, it's your thermostat! You’ll want to keep reading to discover how the best thermostat settings can start putting cash back into your pocket.
Stay Comfortable with the Best Thermostat Settings
Your HVAC system makes up for almost half of your energy bill, according to energy.gov research. During the spring, temperatures can vary from day to day and place to place. In fact, spring can set in at different times within a single state. For example, while it may be 70 degrees in southern Ohio, it’s still 50 degrees up north.
When spring arrives, it doesn’t mean you can automatically switch off your furnace for the next few months. Switching your thermostat setting from "heat" to “OFF” to "cool" depends on the weather outside as well as your personal preference. If you’re like most people, you’ll want to continue to use your furnace when temperatures fall below 50 or 60 degrees. Luckily, if you manage your settings, it will save you a significant amount of energy.
Keeping the thermostat setting at 68 degrees or lower during the colder days when you are at home is a start. Lowering the thermostat by 10-15 degrees when you are away or asleep can help you realize your savings. Saving energy means saving money while remaining comfortable in your home.
What About Temperature Fluctuation?
If you manage your thermostat settings properly, you can keep your home comfortable, even when the temperature fluctuates. If you have a programmable thermostat, schedule your settings to your preference. If the weather changes significantly, you can always manually adjust the settings. As long as the outside temperature remains above freezing, you can lower your thermostat significantly at night or during the day and not have to worry about frozen pipes.
Normally, as the weather warms up and maintains a warmer temperature, you’ll have weeks or even months when you can keep the furnace off altogether.
The Best Thermostat Settings for Spring
The are general recommendation for saving energy with your thermostat settings, depending on the seasonal weather. Our related blog post here outlines these recommendations and what you can expect with your energy usage. In general, here are our recommendations, below. Of course, your perception of "warm weather" and "cold weather" will come into play when you choose your personal settings.
Cold spring weather recommendation: 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for your furnace setting when you are at home; lower the setting at night and when you're away for four hours or more at a time.
Warm spring weather recommendation: 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for your air conditioner setting when you’re at home. If you’re not at home, turn off the air conditioner and watch your energy usage decline. You’ll not only feel more comfortable with the temperature, but you’ll feel much happier when your energy bill arrives.
Start Start Saving Money This Spring
If you’re like most people, you're interested in saving both money and energy in your home. Hopefully, you’re running to the thermostat now to put your new-found knowledge to good use. On the first warm day, set your A/C system to 78 degrees and watch your energy usage spiral downwards. When you start putting the money you save towards family vacations or other household bills, you’ll be glad you took the time to understand how the best thermostat settings can save you money this spring.
Interested in more tips for keeping your home comfortable throughout all seasons? Check out our complimentary Home Comfort Guide below.
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