How to Prepare Your Home for the End of Daylight Saving Time

How to Prepare Your Home for the End of Daylight Saving TimeYour programmable thermostat makes it easy to set energy-saving temperature setbacks to match your daily schedule, and it lets you avoid the hassle of making repeated manual adjustments each day.

The end of daylight saving time in November can throw off your setback schedule by an hour, unless you have a thermostat with an internal clock that can “fall back” automatically. If your model doesn’t have such a feature, you’ll need to adjust the timing of each temperature setback you’ve scheduled to keep your thermostat working accurately this heating season.

Additional Programming Suggestions for Heating Season

When you’re making the necessary time adjustments on your thermostat at the end of daylight saving time, it’s also an ideal time to make changes to the temperature settings for each setback period so your home stays comfortable during the heating season and you realize the greatest energy savings too.

Here are some recommended temperature setting changes:

  • Set the temperature at 68 degrees for the time the first person in your household rises each morning.
  • For the daily periods when everyone is at work or school and the house is empty, input a 10-degree setback.
  • Program the thermostat to warm the house back up to 68 degrees at the time each when the first person is due back home.
  • For overnight periods when the family is sleeping, input a 15-degree setback.
  • Whenever possible, program temperature setbacks for eight hours or longer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you’ll save the greatest amount of energy by doing this at least once a day.
  • When you need to make a last-minute scheduling change, be sure to use the override function on your thermostat, so it can revert back to the established schedule automatically.
  • Taking care of necessary setback timing and temperature updates is a good reminder to put new batteries in the thermostat, and to test and put fresh batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors too.

If you need help adjusting the thermostat programming in your Middletown home for the end of daylight saving time, contact us at C.R. Wolfe Heating & Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about home preparedness and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 845-367-4482. 

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