Dispelling the Misconceptions| Streamwood, Markham, Hoffman Estates

Thermostats are confusing, and for many people, choosing the right temperature to set the thermostat at can be a big enough challenge in and of itself. With all of the misconceptions about indoor temperature it is no wonder that so many people are confused. The only problem is that if you set the thermostat wrong, you could be wasting tons of money on your energy bills. As the temperature continues to drop, we all need to take some time to learn how to properly set the thermostat. With the help of some of the thermostat experts here at Four Seasons, we have outlined some of the mistakes that you may be making and offer solutions to help you save energy this winter.

Common Misconception #1

It uses more energy and therefore costs more to heat up a home after the temperature has been setback.

Wrong! Many people will turn down the thermostat to save money during times of the day when no one is home or when they go out of town for a period of time. It has been assumed for years that when you do decide to crank the heat back up, the furnace works harder than normal to heat the home, and therefore all energy that was saved is lost. This is simply not true. According the U.S Department of Energy, many studies have proven this idea to be false.

What they found was that the amount of energy to reheat the home to the high temperature was equal to the amount energy saved as the temperature dropped to the lower temperature. All of the time in between is pure energy savings. Once the temperature stabilizes at the lower setting, energy savings begin to accumulate. So, the longer you leave the thermostat set back, the more money you will save.

Four Seasons’ Recommendation:  During times of the day that the family is out of the home or asleep, set the thermostat back 10-15%. For example, if you set the thermostat at 68 degrees, try dropping it to 58 or 60 degrees when the home is vacant. If you are leaving for an extended period of time, do not set the thermostat lower than 55 degrees. You will be risking having your pipes freeze if you do so. A programmable thermostat will help making these adjustments easier.

Common Misconception #2

The home will heat up faster if the temperature on the thermostat is set higher.

Wrong again! Many people who set their thermostat manually think that cranking up the furnace to an extremely high setting will get the home to a comfortable temperature more quickly. Unfortunately this is simply not true. No matter what temperature the thermostat is set at, the furnace will still put out the same amount of heat. The only variable affected by setting the thermostat to a high setting is the duration that the furnace will run for.

For example, you come home from work and set the thermostat to 80 degrees in order to get the temperature up from the 60 degree setting that you left it at before you left the home. The furnace will run non-stop until the home reaches 80 degrees, and depending on the weather outside, it may not be possible to do so. All you are doing is wasting loads of energy and causing unnecessary strain on the furnace.

Four Seasons Recommendation: If you don’t have a programmable thermostat to do this for you, set the thermostat between 68 and 72 degrees at all times when the family is home and awake. The lower you can keep the thermostat set and still be comfortable, the more money you will save. If you had a programmable thermostat, you could get a head start of the reheating process before you arrived home.

Four Seasons wants you and your family to have a comfortable and energy efficient home this winter season. Keep these tips in mind and you will be sure to stay warm and cozy, and if you ever have a question, Four Seasons is just a phone call away, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Do not hesitate to ask.


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