Focus on the HVAC thermostat for summer savings

My wife and I had to get really serious about our spending during the pandemic. While we were lucky to keep our jobs and work from the air conditioning of home, we had to take serious pay cuts as well. We were already not saving enough because of our spending habit and lack of budget discipline. So in a way, this was a good thing that we started paying more attention to just what we were spending. One of the things that we targeted that first few months back in 2020 was the HVAC cooling costs. In our region, the HVAC heating costs are pretty much negligible. The heat pump barely even comes on during the winter. However, that’s so not the case when it comes to summer. Actually, for a lot of people in this area, the air conditioning will come on mid March. And the HVAC cooling can stay on til November in most cases. However, it’s the stretch from June through September that really hits the pocketbook. That’s why we made that one of our first spending targets. I sealed up the house like I saw online at our HVAC company’s blog. We also made sure to pull curtains in order to stop the direct sunlight heating as well. But truly, the big difference is getting a plan for the thermostat setting. We figured out how to program the thermostat ourselves with some trial and error. Then we settled on keeping the inside of the house no more than 15 degrees cooler than the outside temperature during peak heating hours. What a significant savings we saw over the worst part of the HVAC cooling year.

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