This year, when daylight saving time ends, you will be setting your clocks back by one hour. Mark that date on your calendar as well to make the following changes to your thermostat settings so that your HVAC is ready for comfort and energy efficiency this winter.
Check That The Thermostat Clock Is Changed
Today’s thermostats typically make automatic changes twice a year to adjust the clock at the beginning and end of daylight saving time. However, it’s a good idea to double-check that the time has indeed fallen back, and if it hasn’t, change it manually so that your thermostat settings remain on schedule.
Change to Heating Mode
If your thermostat is still set to cool, now is the time to change it to heat so your home remains comfortable despite the cold weather.
Examine Your Programming
After you’ve switched to heating mode, go back over your scheduled programming and make any necessary changes. These programming tips can assist you in creating a schedule that is consistent with your daily routine while also providing optimal energy savings and comfort:
- Setbacks in temperature should be planned for at night. Allow the temperature to drop by 10 to 15 degrees during the night, when everyone is sleeping.
- During the week, make daytime adjustments. If no one is home during the week, set the thermostat to 10 degrees lower.
- Determine the setback periods that will result in the greatest savings. Making daily eight-hour setbacks will save you the most money, according to the US Department of Energy.
- Allow for enough time for the house to warm up. When planning a temperature change schedule, remember to account for the time it takes your HVAC to reach the desired temperature, so the house is comfortably warm when you wake up and return home each day.
Replace Thermostat Batteries
While you’re at it, take a few extra minutes to replace the batteries so you can rest easy knowing it will work reliably all winter.