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

For several hours a day you’re gone at work, or possibly at school. Yet your comfort system keeps going and going, without anybody home. This uses up a good deal of energy and wastes money. You can significantly scale back this cost by setting the thermostat up or down when you go to work and adjusting it back to your favored temperature when you get home. But how much should you adjust the temperature?

Here’s what the Department of Energy suggests about thermostat changes:

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

The smaller the variation between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your total cooling bill can be. You can easily save energy during the winter by adjusting the thermostat to about 68°F while you're awake and turning it lower while you're in bed or away from home. During the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by having your house warmer than normal when you are at work and tweaking the thermostat to a setting as warm as you can manage comfortably when you return and want cooling and to ensure humidity control if required.

You might have been informed that doing these adjustments are not worth the effort because your comfort system has to work extra hard to go back to your preferred temperature, undoing your savings, but the energy department dismisses that claim, namely for heaters: “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

Even with the benefits of adjusting your thermostat any time you go to work, it’s very easy to miss in the rush of getting ready and on your way. This is one advantage of programmable and smart thermostats. You can direct your thermostat to automatically change to another temperature during your typical work hours. And with a smart thermostat, you can change the temperature (or the programming schedule) remotely. This is particularly helpful if you’ve neglected to fix the setting before leaving for a trip.

Don't Forget the Pets

If you have a pet, think about their comfort too. Cats and dogs with thick fur won’t be comfortable with high temperatures. And pets with less dense fur may not be comfortable with cold temperatures. The same applies to tropical birds, fish and reptiles. Considering temperature tolerances differ widely by breed and species, so review them for your pets.

Additional Benefits of Changing Your Thermostat for When You’re Away

  • Carbon emissions - The more you run your HVAC system, the more carbon emissions you generate. Conserving energy reduces air pollution and greenhouse gasses.
  • HVAC Longevity - Overworking your heating and cooling can reduce its longevity and cause increased maintenance to be needed. It also means the air filter may clog up sooner, making your indoor air supply worse.

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