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Thermostat Tips to Help Save Your Money

Thermostats can be the biggest culprit for additional monthly costs, but they don't have to be.

Whether you rent or own a home, people are always looking for ways to reduce their monthly expenses. While the seasons can play a big role in fluctuating energy costs, it is still possible to save money without sacrificing comfort. To help you stay within your budget, we’ve pulled together a few tips to help you save money and get the most from your thermostat.

Adjusting the Temperature

One of the biggest factors that can make a difference to your energy bill is the temperature that you set your thermostat to. While remaining comfortable in your home is important, setting the temperature much lower or higher than the outside temperature can really affect your monthly bill. The US Department of Energy also recommends adjusting the temperature when you won’t be in your living space. Raising the setpoint over summer or lowering it in the winter can help you save up to 10 percent a year when done for eight hours a day.

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

An investment that can make saving, in the long run, a little easier is installing a programmable thermostat. Being able to schedule your home’s setpoints makes it easier to save money by setting the times when you will be away from your home. Some of these new thermostats even let you adjust the temperature from your phone. This means that you can adjust the temperature while you’re away to set it to the perfect point to help you save money.

Location is Everything

Next to the temperature you set your thermostat at, its location is the next most important thing. Because the device sensors read the room temperature and then relay that information to the air conditioning unit, it is essential to have it in a place where it can get an accurate reading. For example, it’s good to avoid mounting the device next to windows as the sun’s rays could give the sensors a hotter temperature than the actual room is. Other locations to avoid include:

  • Near doors due to the possible draft.
  • Close to the bathroom, as the steam from a shower could raise the temperature.
  • Near lamps or other electronic devices because of the additional heat they put off.
  • On exterior walls because they are often cooler than any other walls in the home.

Use Fans and Windows

Fans are a great, cheap, and energy-efficient way to help keep cool in your home. Although fans don’t actually cool the room, they do cool the people in them by circulating the air. Installing a fan in any frequently-used room can allow a thermostat’s temperature to be raised by 4°F without any change in comfort. Just remember to turn the fan off when leaving the room to help keep the energy costs down.

While windows can directly affect a thermostat’s sensors, keeping a window open or closed can help you save a few dollars each month. During the winter, the natural light that comes through the windows can help heat your home, while blocking the light can also help keep your home cool during the summer. It is also essential to ensure that your windows have a secure seal to prevent any air leaks from altering your home’s temperature.

Having an HVAC system that is efficient and effective can make all the difference in saving money. From the thermostat to the AC unit, our professionals at Mason Pro Services can make sure your HVAC system works its best. Contact us today to learn about ways our services can further help you save money each month!