The end of daylight saving time falls on November 4th this year, so you should be making sure that your thermostat is all set for this change. Keep the following information in mind, and you’ll be ready to handle any thermostat adjustments you need to make for the return of standard time.
Double Check Your Thermostat Settings
If you have a programmable thermostat, check the schedule you currently have it set at. Reviewing this schedule can help you determine if you need to adjust it at all for the upcoming cooler weather.
Lower the Setting for an Empty Home
Your heating system doesn’t have to come on as much if no one is home during the day. While temperatures continue dropping after daylight saving time, you can get away with lowering the temperature setting on your thermostat during the day. Program your thermostat to go back up shortly before you arrive home.
Adjust the Thermostat at Night
Nighttime temperatures are typically cold throughout November and the rest of fall and winter. These cooler temperatures provide a more comfortable sleep environment. Since you don’t need your home to be heated up as much while you’re asleep, consider programming it to lower a few degrees at night. This will save you money on your heating costs.
Adjust the Time
Some programmable thermostats do not change the time automatically when daylight saving time ends. If you have one of these thermostats, make sure that you manually adjust the time back one hour to ensure that your settings won’t be affected. Even if your thermostat automatically changes the time, you should still check it in the morning to make sure it updated correctly.
Check the Battery
Make sure that the battery in your thermostat is in good working condition while you’re adjusting for the return of standard time. Consider replacing your battery if it’s been awhile since you last changed it.
If your Dayton home needs a new thermostat this fall, contact Detmer and Sons. Our HVAC experts can install a new thermostat in your home to ensure that it stays cozy and comfortable.