Tips for Changing Your Thermostat with the Seasons - Childress Heating and Cooling

Tips for Changing Your Thermostat with the Seasons

As the seasons change, so does the need for different temperature settings in your home to maintain comfort and optimize energy efficiency. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for changing your thermostat with the seasons. Keep reading to learn how to stay comfortable and energy efficient no matter the season. 


Spring into Savings: 

Assess Local Weather Patterns

Spring can be unpredictable, with temperature fluctuations being quite common. An easy way to spring into savings is to monitor local forecasts and adjust your thermostat accordingly to avoid overuse of heating or cooling on those temperamental spring days.

Incremental Adjustments

Rather than a drastic change, make small adjustments to your thermostat over several days. This helps your body acclimate to the new settings and also prevents your HVAC system from being overworked saving you money on your energy bills. 


Keeping Cool in Summer

The Magic Number: 78°F

In summer, the Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78°F when you’re at home. This temperature is considered optimal for comfort and efficiency during hot months.

Use Ceiling Fans Effectively: 

Ceiling fans are an easy way to help distribute air evenly throughout a room and make you feel cooler in the summer. Make sure your fan is set to the appropriate direction: counterclockwise during the summer. 


Fall Back to Comfort

Gradual Decrease

As fall brings cooler temperatures, lower your thermostat gradually. Start by setting it a few degrees lower during times when you don’t need as much warmth, like overnight or when no one is home.

Use of Blankets and Warm Clothing

Embrace the coziness of the fall season and consider using blankets and warmer clothing before turning up the heat. Sometimes, all you need is a warm fluffy blanket or a cozy sweater to keep you comfortable as cooler weather arrives. 


Winter Warming Strategies

Keep Temperatures Steady at 68°F

Set your thermostat to 68°F  during the winter months while you’re awake and lower it while you’re asleep or away from the home. Lowering the thermostat by 10-15 degrees can greatly reduce your energy bills. 

Seal Drafts

An easy way to ensure you stay warm and comfortable during the winter months, is to seal any drafts around doors and windows. Keeping your home well insulated will help maintain the desired temperature indoors without overworking your heating system.


Best Practices All Year Round

When it comes to our thermostat, there are a few tips and tricks that we can implement from season to season; however, there are also measures we can take year-round to help reduce savings while maintaining your comfort. 

Regular Maintenance

No matter the season, ensure that your HVAC system is well maintained. Clean filters and serviced equipment run more efficiently, saving you money and extending the lifespan of your system.

Programmable Thermostats

A programmable thermostat is a great option that allows you to set temperature schedules for different times of the day. Increase the temperatures when you are away and save on energy bills without compromising your comfort. 

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By following these tips for changing your thermostats with the seasons, you can easily and effectively manage your home’s climate throughout the year. Not only will these tips help you stay comfortable, but you’ll also enjoy the benefits of reduced energy consumption and lower utility bills. 

Childress Heating & Cooling is your local American Standard Customer Care dealer serving Southside, Gadsden and Etowah County communities for over 20 years. If your home’s comfort system needs attention, or if you believe you might need a new HVAC system, call us at 256-312-1893 or visit our website. We’re proud to be our community’s #1 choice when it comes to heating and cooling.

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