One of the best things about fall is the cooler temperatures it brings. These more moderate temperatures inflict less strain on your HVAC system and make it easier to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. However, it is still important to address your thermostat settings this fall.
Allowing your property’s air conditioner to run at summer settings is an option, but it’s prohibiting you from experiencing cost savings. Forcing your system to run at temperatures inconsistent with the season can cost you more money than you might think. In fact, for each degree closer to the outdoor temperature you adjust your thermostat, you’ll save as much as 5% on your energy bill.
Too-warm temperatures can produce an increase in your property’s humidity, while too-cool temperatures can tax your air conditioning unit and cause it to freeze. Keeping away from temperature extremes reduces strain on your system, while ensuring the continued comfort of your tenants.
For the reasons listed above, we don’t recommend over-cooling your property, only to shut the system off until it is needed again in the winter. Thus, it is important to maintain a comfortable temperature range indoors during the transitory fall months.
According to the US Department of Energy, the ideal daytime, at-home temperature ranges from 78 degrees in the summer to about 68 degrees in the winter. For fall, as outdoor temperature fluctuates, consider setting the temperature lower to keep indoor temperatures within a reasonable range of the outdoors, keeping energy costs low.
A great way to prevent your tenants from using extreme temperature settings for your properties is to install a landlord thermostat. These thermostats are tamper-resistant, easy to install, and affordable, saving you time and money while ensuring your HVAC isn’t under undue strain. Meanwhile, your tenants are safe and comfortable, with temperatures remaining within the ideal range for the fall season.
Are you ready to take control of your energy bill? For more information about landlord thermostats, reach out today.