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How Can I Optimize My Thermostat Setting for Comfort AND Lower Bills?

North Carolina temperatures are finally starting to warm up. While that means beautiful days outdoors, it also means that summer A/C bills are on their way. Keep your house comfortable and your bills manageable with the tips below:

What’s the Ideal Temperature?

When it comes to the perfect temperature, everyone has their own groove. Some people like it warmer, while others want to keep things cool. The further your indoor thermostat settings are from outdoor ones, the harder your home’s HVAC system has to work. Aim for around 68 degrees in the winter and 78 in the summer for the best comfort and lower bills.

In general, keep things cooler at night. This makes for easier sleeping while working with cooler night-time temperatures instead of against them. You can also lower the A/C or heat when no one is at home.

Why Programmable Thermostats are a Fab Choice

To get the best balance of comfort and thrift, you should adjust your thermostat throughout the day. But trying to remember to do it yourself can be a drag. A programmable thermostat lets you set everything up so that the heater and A/C work less when no one is around but the temperatures are just where you like them when you get back home. You can also set your thermostat for lower temperatures at night so you can sleep in comfort.

Using Temperature Zones

Why heat or cool the whole house when there are only people in one room? Run temperature control just in the rooms you are using. If kids are at school all day but Mom or Dad works from a home office, you can focus just on comfortable temperatures in the office, kitchen, or other rooms used the most. Then turn up the A/C when everyone is back at home.

Temperature zones are also super helpful in:

  • multistory houses
  • homes built partially over concrete slab
  • houses with rooms with lots of windows
  • houses with a rambling, spread-out floor plan

By using a series of thermostats and dampers, every room in the house can be kept comfortable without blowing up your power bill.

There’s no need to sacrifice comfort in pursuit of lower costs. By using smart strategies and the right thermostats and other environmental control technologies, you can be sitting pretty while saving a bundle. Call Blanton’s Heating and Air to create the perfect home environment for your family today.