What Temperature Should I Keep My Thermostat?
Our clients often ask us, especially after a new installation, what temperature is the best to set their thermostat. Here is the answers straight from our Master HVAC guy and owner, Wayne.
The simple answer is in the summer, set your thermostat to the highest temperature you’re comfortable (average temperatures are between 72°-78°).
In the winter, set your temperature at the lowest temperature you’re comfortable (average between 68°-72°).
For the Energy Efficient conscious client, we tell them that according to BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric), for every degree your central AC thermostat is set above 72°, you will save around 5-7%. In the winter, for every degree you set your thermostat below 73° you will save 2-4% on your energy costs.
Set Your Thermostat For Savings
If you have a programmable thermostat (or even if you don’t), another way to save is to set your thermostat back 7°-10° for 8 hours a day (preferably when your’re at work or sleeping) to save as much as 10% a year. However, if you have a heat pump, make sure you have a programmable thermostat specifically for heat pumps. Otherwise, it may cause your auxiliary heat to kick in, and since it costs more to run, it would cancel out any savings you would see otherwise.
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