Adjusting Your HVAC System for Daylight Savings Time
This spring for Winnipeggers daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday in March 8th. This means we 'spring forward' an hour hat day, turning their clocks ahead.
When you advance your clocks, you may want to check your HVAC's programmable thermostat. If you have a smart thermostat, it should adjust itself, but if you've got an energy-saving schedule programmed, you may want to make some adjustments. Here's why.
One of the best ways to save energy and reduce costs in your home is to adjust your thermostat to cut back on energy use during times when you plan to sleep or be away from home. Lower your thermostat 5-10 degrees at night, and when you're not home. Program the thermostat to find a comfortable temp about an hour before you wake up or return home. Savings could amount to 5-10 percent a year on heating and cooling when you use this strategy.
When we move the clocks ahead an hour, you might also consider adjusting your thermostat's schedule – setting it back one hour so it coincides with the correct time. You will want the HVAC system to adjust along with your new schedule for cooling and heating when you get up and leave the house, and when you arrive home and go to bed.
Although your HVAC technician will check your thermostat during your spring maintenance visit, it's always a good idea to check the battery or wiring on your thermostat when you adjust the time.
For more information on your thermostat, contact 4 Seasons Heating, Cooling & Electrical - we're here to help! Also be sure to schedule your spring seasonal maintenance appointment before you fire up your AC for the season. As the warm weather gets closer, HVAC companies get busy, so give us a call to beat the rush!