A few thoughts to consider from Hamstra Heating & Cooling
CAN I TURN MY THERMOSTAT DOWN IN THE WINTER WHILE I’M AWAY AT WORK?
Yes, the Department of Energy recommends a change of no more than 3 degrees for maximum possible energy savings. These 3 degrees are very important because if your home gets colder than 3 degrees your unit have to work extra hard to return the home to the proper temperature when you get home. This period of extra hard work for the unit will completely eliminate all the cost you saved throughout the day and will actually now cost you more overall.
AT WHAT TEMPERATURE SHOULD I SET MY THERMOSTAT?
Normal heating settings are 68 degrees – 72 degrees.
You should always set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting in the winter. Doing this will maximize your energy savings as an average of 1 degree of temperature change is equal to about 10% energy savings. For example, changing your thermostat setting from 69 degrees to 68 degrees in the winter could result in about a 10% savings on your cooling costs.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY UNIT(S) BE SERVICED/HAVE MAINTENANCE PERFORMED?
Twice a year. You should have a heating tune-up done in the fall and a cooling tune-up done in the spring. Air conditioning units are like any other piece of machinery; you must have them properly maintained to maximize their performance, efficiency and life-span. Call Hamstra Heating & Cooling at (520) 629-9833 ex. 316 for more information on our maintenance/tune-up program.
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