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The mercury is rising in Martinsburg, West Virginia, but when you use a smart thermostat effectively, staying cool couldn’t be easier. From increasing the temperature to using vacation mode, find out how to make the most of using your smart thermostat in the summer.

Increase the Temperature

If you tend to set the thermostat as cool as possible during the summer months, try increasing the base temperature a few degrees. The Department of Energy recommends setting your smart thermostat to 78 degrees to save energy while still feeling comfortable. At Griffith Energy Services, we recommend adjusting the relative humidity level to below 50 percent to help your home feel cooler without lowering the temperature.

Know Your Family’s Schedule

Just because 78 is your base temperature during the summer doesn’t mean you have to leave it there while your family is out for the day or asleep at night. Instead, program the thermostat to increase the temperature up to 10 degrees when you don’t usually need cooling. This simple setting can help you save energy and lead to saving up to 10 percent a year on your utility bill.

Adjust on the Go

If your typical cooling schedule changes or if your family tends to plan spontaneous evenings out, don’t forget to adjust the thermostat while you’re on the go. Since these smart devices connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network, you can log in and change the temperature as necessary.

Use Vacation Mode

If summer means vacation time for your family, don’t forget to set your thermostat to vacation mode to put your HVAC system on pause before you head out the door. When you activate this setting, your thermostat will ensure that your HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible while you’re away, as it won’t cool down your home when you’re out of town.

Whether you’re concerned about convenience, efficiency, or cost, a smart thermostat can help you get a handle on your HVAC system as the weather warms up. Call the team at Griffith Energy Services, Inc. for all your air conditioning needs this summer at 888-474-3391.

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