Georgia has some of the most temperate weather around the country. While you won’t have to deal with the below-freezing weather of the arctic, you’ll still want to set your HVAC system to ensure that you’re comfortable during the winter months. We’re going to take a look at the most desirable winter thermostat settings so that you can identify what your system needs to be set at.
Using A Programmable Thermostat
Most HVAC systems come with a programmable thermostat. This should allow you to set different desired temperatures throughout the day. While it may seem less complex to set one desired temperature for the entire day, that’s not the most energy-efficient option. You don’t need your home to be as warm when you’re at work. You don’t want it to be super warm when you’re trying to fall asleep either.
The Four Main Programming Periods
Once you get a programmable thermostat like the one that we discussed above, it’s time to identify the periods that you’ll need to program for your winter thermostat settings. There are four main programming periods you’ll need to enter. These include waking up in the morning, away from the house, returning home, and going to bed. These times are going to vary depending on your individual schedule and the day of the week.
In general, you want to have these four time periods set as follows:
- Waking Up: 68 degrees
- Away From The House: 60 degrees
- Returning Home: 68 degrees
- Going To Bed: 65 degrees
As you can see, you want to have the temperature of your home set at 68 degrees when you’re home. This is a comfortable temperature for most people. As you go to bed, you’ll want to have a cooler environment as people sleep better in a cooled environment than a hot one. Lastly, you’ll want to take advantage of energy savings by decreasing the temperature when you’re not home.
Use A Humidifier
There are many whole-home humidifiers out there to choose from. These are the perfect solution to keep your energy costs low and your family comfortable in the winter season. It’s a fact that the air feels warmer when it’s humid. In the winter months, the air tends to dry out. This can make it feel colder than it actually is. By reintroducing moisture into the air inside of your home with a whole-home humidifier, you can make it feel warmer than it actually is.
Preparation Tips For Winter
Apart from getting your thermostat programmed for the winter months, there are some other preparation tips you should perform. You’ll want to check the condition of your furnace filter and change it when necessary. Most homeowners will need to change their filter every two months. However, many factors, like pets and kids, can require you to change out your filter more often.
Do a walkthrough of your air returns. Each HVAC has a series of air returns and registers that circulate the air in your home through the ductwork. When you hinder access to these registers and air returns, it becomes more difficult for your HVAC system to warm your home. Therefore, it only makes sense to take a few moments and walk through your home in the fall. Make sure to move any items that are obstructing free airflow around these returns and registers.
While living in Georgia can save you from the cold temperatures of the northeastern shores, having a reliable heating system is a must to stay comfortable. Take some moments to set your programmable thermostat to the recommended settings above, and be sure to employ the preparation tips we discussed above to ensure that you have a wonderfully warm winter this year.
Contact Hammock’s AC
If you have any questions about the best thermostat settings for fall, call Hammock’s AC to speak with one of our seasoned technicians. We can inform, inspect, or repair any cooling or heating system quickly and efficiently. These settings may vary from state to state. To find out more, please contact us to see and learn more about what to expect when replacing your HVAC.