Daylight Saving Time (DST) affects many aspects of our lives, including the way we heat and cool our homes. The original goal of this practice was to save on electricity, but many homeowners end up paying more by not optimizing their HVAC equipment.
To save on energy after adjusting your clocks for DST, use the following tips from your friends at OK Heating and Air Conditioning.
Don’t Forget Your Thermostat
As you reset the time on your watch and electronics by moving forward one hour, don’t forget to include your thermostat too. Its settings should coincide with the new time so that your HVAC equipment will not run 60 minutes early.
It may seem insignificant, but failing to adjust your thermostat to the correct setting when DST kicks in can increase your energy consumption to some extent. Daily increases can add up quickly, until you experience the unpleasant shock of receiving a much higher utility bill.
Reassess Your Thermostat Settings
If you have a programmable thermostat, it pays to review all of its settings to make sure they coincide with your DST schedule.
You now wake up, come back home and sleep in one hour later than before. The longer your thermostat settings remain out of sync with your current daily habits, the more your energy bill is going to increase over the next couple of months if left unchecked.
Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
If you have a hard time keeping up with the necessary manual adjustments to your thermostat when DST rolls around, we would strongly advise getting a smart model. This intelligent device eliminates the need for manual thermostat adjustment for future DST cycles. In addition, a smart thermostat does many other things like fine-tuning its settings after learning your daily habits.
Make Your HVAC System DST-Optimized With OK Heating
OK Heating and Air Conditioning offers a wide range of solutions to boost the performance of your HVAC system, no matter the time of year. Call us at (925) 337-8319 now to schedule an appointment and discuss your heating and cooling needs.