The Best Time of Year to Adjust Your Thermostat is Now
Winter, Spring Summer or Fall…🎶
Who doesn’t know this James Taylor song? It does not matter what season it is, adjusting your thermostat at least 4 x per year, to work with the season, is always a great idea.
Therefore, the best time to adjust your thermostat is… now!
Why Should You Adjust Your Thermostat?
As seasons change, so does the barometric pressure, average temperatures and humidity levels. Weather changes rapidly and seasonally. Even in South Carolina where the weather seems to always sway between warm, hot and super hot, it is important to adjust your thermostat according to the seasons.
Before you do, grab your utility bill!
You will want to know
- What your overall usage is (electric or propane – to cool and heat your home)
- Your monthly spent
- Who is always cold or warm in the house?
- Who in your household adjusts the thermostat most, and when?
Did you know that setting your thermostat at 1 or 2 degrees higher (in summer) and lower (in winter) can lower your overall utility cost? It’s important to understand what you are paying for!
Whom to Adjust the Thermostat in Your Home For?
It might seem obvious, but here is a good guide to understanding who should adjust your thermostat, or to whom to look to adjust your thermostat. It is usually someone who spends a lot of time at home, or someone who is frail, old or sick!
- Stay-at-home-parent or work-from-home adult. The person who spends the MOST time at home should be considered.
- Infants and small children. If there are infants or kids in the home, what helps them regulate their temperature? Are they always complaining that they are hot or cold? Do they feel hot or cold after a nap? Are they asking for extra blankets or jackets?
- Older Adults. An elderly person might be cold in the winter due to bad circulation and get overheated due to their age in the summer.
- Obese family member. An overweight person in your household might also want to control the thermostat. It’s important they have a say in regulating the temperature in your home.
- Anyone with a chronic disease. If there is someone in your household who is taking medication for a chronic disease, please adjust your thermostat according to their needs.
- Pets. Pets can get overheated if the air conditioner is not adjusted for them. If you are not home, but your pet is home all day, make sure you know your pet is comfortable.
Keeping an eye on those at home in-real-time, with security cameras is a great way to assure the temperature is set right!
Things to Avoid When Adjusting the Thermostat in Your Home
Here are some things you should not do when it comes to adjusting your thermostat.
- Ignore a broken thermostat
- Ignore a broken heating and cooling system
- Let guests fiddle with your thermostat
- Set it too cold or too hot for the season just to try save a few dollars
- Fail to adjust your thermostat when you go on vacation
- Forget to adjust the thermostat for the next season
- Never look at your utility bill
- Ignore a higher-than-usual utility bill
- Fail to service your heating and cooling system
- Fail to change out filters to your system
- Open windows and doors when the system is running
Automate To Dominate Your Home Thermostat Settings!
The BEST way to keep as many people in your household comfortable AND at the same time be energy efficient it to let smart technology help you out! Strand Security works with brands like URC and Honeywell who can take a lot of the guesswork out of this task. Use thermostat automation to dominate your home thermostat!
Adjust Your Thermostat Now
If you can’t remember the last time you checked your thermostat, do it today. Have a family meeting and involve everyone. Ask them how they feel and if they are ever hot or cold.
If your family can’t agree on a temperature that is ‘just right’ consider adding ceiling fans to bedrooms to cool off someone who is often hot, and buying robes and winter slippers for someone who is frequently cold!
Simple changes like that might make a big difference in the comfort you get at home.