How to deal with changing winter temperatures
If you live in the Midwest, you may be kind of confused by the weather… Sure, temperature swings are ALWAYS an expected aspect of living in the middle of the United States, but this year has been more volatile than usual. In fact, here in Missouri it’s in the 30s now and supposed to reach the mid-60s by the end of the week!
Now, what are you supposed to do with your heating and air conditioning equipment? Well, this is one of the instances where a heat pump (with a programmable thermostat) can really be a lifesaver.
- Set a comfort schedule on your programmable thermostat and leave it – even if the temperature is swinging. Chances are if the pendulum is swinging one way, it is going to swing back the other way before long. Only change your programmable thermostat setting if you know winter is behind you and spring temperatures are right around the corner.
- If you have a non-programmable thermostat, don’t be so quick to touch the thermostat. Wild temperature setting swings can really wreck havoc on your utility bill expenses.
Moral of the story…if a temperature swing is just that (a swing) then stick it out. Don’t make drastic changes to your heating and cooling settings, as this can dramatically raise the amount of money you are spending on bills.
For more information about what to do in your area during heat waves (or cold fronts), talk to your local heating and cooling contractor.