How Should I Set My Thermostat for When I’m At Work?

For plenty of hours a day you’re off at work, or maybe at school. Yet your HVAC system keeps working, without anybody home. This uses a good deal of energy and costs you money. You can dramatically scale back this cost by changing the thermostat up or down before you head to work and adjusting it back to your preferred temperature when you come home. But how much should the thermostat be adjusted? 

Here’s what the Department of Energy has to say about thermostat adjustments: 

You can save around 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply setting your thermostat down 7°-10°F for eight hours a day rather than its normal setting. The percentage of savings from setback is larger for buildings in milder climates than for those in more extreme climates. 

The smaller the variation between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the more affordable your total cooling bill should be. You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to about 68°F while you’re awake and setting it down while you’re asleep or away from home. During the summer, you can practice the same approach with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are at work and tweaking the thermostat to a setting as high as you can manage comfortably when you’re home and want cooling and to provide humidity control if necessary. 

You could have been told that these kinds of adjustments are not worth it because your heating and cooling has to work harder to go back to your desired temperature, reversing your savings, but the energy department suggests this isn’t true, namely for heating: “A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. In fact, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly.” 

Programmable and Smart Thermostats 

Despite the benefits of adjusting your thermostat each time you head to work, it’s easy to miss in the rush of getting ready and on your way. This is one benefit of programmable and smart thermostats. You can adjust your thermostat to automatically move to another temperature across your standard work hours. And with a smart thermostat, you can increase or decrease the temperature (or the programming schedule) remotely. This is particularly helpful if you’ve neglected to adjust the setting before going on vacation. 

Don’t Forget the Pets 

If you own pets, consider their comfort too. Cats and dogs with thick fur won’t be comfy with high temperatures. And pets with less fur won’t always be happy with cold temperatures. The same is true of tropical birds, fish and reptiles. Since temperature tolerances deviate universally by breed and species, so it helps to verify the ideal temperature range for your pets. 

Other Advantages of Changing Your Thermostat for When You’re Away 

  • Carbon emissions – The more often you operate your HVAC system, the more carbon emissions you produce. Conserving energy reduces air pollution and greenhouse gasses. 
  • HVAC Longevity – Overusing your HVAC unit can cut its longevity and cause additional maintenance to be necessary. It also means the air filter may clog up faster, making your air less clean. 

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