Sep 05, 2016

A Guide to Setting a Thermostat for an Empty House

By: Boyd Bros. HVAC

Setting a Thermostat in an Empty House

One of the most common problems that people have is knowing how to set their thermostat when no one’s home. So here are some guidelines that you can use to know how your thermostat should be set. They will help you with saving money on your energy bill.

Away for less than 4 hours

When you know that you’re going to be away for a couple hours, chances are that you won’t benefit from changing the settings on your thermostat. Any type of savings you may gain if you change it briefly to a setting that is more energy efficient is going to be eaten up by the energy it’s going to take to get your home back to the temperatures that it normally is at.

Away for more than 4 hours

When you know that you’ll be gone for over four hours, you can benefit from changing the thermostat by approximately 5 degrees lower during the winter and higher during the summer. These settings are good to use during the week when you’re working and the kids are at school. Keep it at just a five-degree difference – otherwise the savings may be offset by the amount of energy it’s going to take to get the home back to a comfortable level.

On vacation

When you are going on a vacation, you can adjust the thermostat anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees so that you can conserve your energy while you are gone. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on cooling and heating a home when no one’s there. The energy that it’s going to take so that your house is comfortable will be much less than the amount you’ll save while away.


These are three guidelines that you can follow when you are trying to save money on heating and cooling your home when you aren’t at home. As you can see, there are three different scenarios that you can follow to choose the right settings for your thermostat. They are the best options when you want to save some money and watch your electric bills go down.

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