Many homeowners in Alcoa, Tennessee, are looking for ways to save energy. Although upgrading to a new HVAC system may be the answer, sometimes the solution to high utility bills is as simple as adjusting a few settings on your thermostat. Read on to learn how to use your thermostat to save energy and money.

Choose the Right Temperature

One of the easiest ways to save money on heating and cooling costs is to adjust your thermostat up or down a few degrees. For ideal energy savings, set the temperature to 78 degrees during the summer. In the winter, set it to 68 degrees.

If that’s too uncomfortable, enlist the help of your ceiling fans. Running fans on their normal counterclockwise setting during the summer will produce a cooling effect. Reversing the direction to clockwise in the winter will redistribute warm air.

Program a Day and Night Schedule

You can also save energy by setting different temperatures for different times. This is especially easy to do with programmable or Wi-Fi thermostats, which allow you to create an entire schedule that your system will follow automatically.

In the winter, you can set the temperature lower than usual at night when you’re asleep. Then, program a warmer setting for waking hours.

Dial It Back When You’re Away

Finally, many thermostats offer a "vacation" mode that allows you to save energy by setting more eco-friendly temperatures for times when you’re away from home. You can take advantage of this setting during extended vacations or when family members are at work and school. If you forget to make the switch before you leave, rest assured a Wi-Fi thermostat allows you to adjust it remotely using an app on your smartphone.

If your thermostat doesn’t offer all of the features mentioned above, it may be time to invest in a new one. At Stanley Best Heating & Air, Inc., we carry a variety of programmable and Wi-Fi-enabled controls to help you get the most out of your HVAC system. Give us a call today at 865-982-4544 to learn more. We’re here to help you save energy and money.

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