Thermostat jigglers, you know who you are. You’re the ones who change the thermostat temperature whenever you feel a little too hot or too cold. You drop the air conditioner to arctic temperatures at bedtime and up to 80 degrees in the morning. It’s a constant battle to find the right temperature in your home.
If you’re like a lot of jigglers, your family is tired of your thermostat antics. They’re tired of wearing socks and sweatshirts in the summer and shorts in the winter.
It’s time to find your thermostat happy place.
Changes to the temperature of the home of more than five degrees in any given day cause the system to work harder, especially in the heat of an Arizona summer. Most people set their thermostats at 80 when they are away and a cool 76-78 degrees when they are home. This helps them save money on utility bills and keeps everyone in the family comfortable. Even the jiggler can get used to this temperature.
TIP: Install a programmable thermostat and set the temperature changes by time of day. For example, decrease the temperature when utility prices are at their lowest and increase when you are away from home.
Frequent jiggling upsets the ecosystem of your home. Okay, “ecosystem” might be a little dramatic, but you are upsetting the balance of dry and humid air in the home. During monsoon, you may be upsetting the balance to the point that the system has to work harder to keep your home comfortable for you, your family, and pets.
TIP: Set ceiling fans so they are turning counter-clockwise and on high to circulate the air and make it feel as much as four degrees cooler. But only if you are in the room since moving air cools people, not rooms.
Every little bit that you do can help everyone in your household feel comfortable at home and help save you money on utility costs, especially during the summer. Here’s to less jiggling and finding a thermostat happy place!