Having a home that is clean, welcoming and presentable is a challenge at the best of times. When you have to contend with the very changeable weather and climate we experience in Toronto, it can be even harder.
Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature year round can be expensive too. But what is the right temperature to keep your home? Once you figure this out, how do you keep it just right without breaking the bank? The good news is that there are some easy ways to maintain the ideal home temperature and even save money (and the planet!) as you do it.
Here are seven tips and tricks for achieving the ideal home temperature:
1. Turn down the thermostat
If you have your thermostat working overtime to cool or heat your home, you are going to be looking at a very high bill at the end of the month. To save money, with ease you should think about how long you really need to have your home’s air conditioning or heating running in a given day.
If the house is empty, do you really need your home to be the perfect temperature all day? By simply giving the system a break for 8-9 hours a day while you are at work you might that the savings really start to add up.
2. I can’t figure out how to use my thermostat
If this sounds like you, don’t worry. The default thermostats that are installed in many homes are notoriously hard to use and program. If your thermostat has been giving you problems or is broken then you should really think about getting a new thermostat installed. There are a lot of options and some of them can really make a huge difference to your comfort level and your monthly expenses.
3. Types of thermostats
Choosing the right thermostat to suit your needs can be an exciting experience. The technology has improved a great deal over the years. There is a huge range of them to look at from basic, yet easy to control thermostats to incredibly advanced ones that will have you thinking you are living in the future.
4. Manual thermostats
These allow you to make changes to the temperature in your home manually. This means that you need to be in front of the wall panel and enter the changes using buttons. Modern thermostats are much more user-friendly than ever before. There is no hassle when it comes to the use of this type of thermostat with very little hassle.
The benefits of using a manual thermostat is that they do one thing, and they do it well. Functional and unobtrusive, you can sit back in comfort and enjoy the exact temperature that you set for your home.
5. Programmable thermostats
This is where we can start to save some money. Controlling the temperature of your home through a programmable thermostat allows you to moderate the temperature based on the time of day and the day of the week.
This means that if you wake up at 7:30 am, you can start to warm up your home if need be, then when you leave for work at 8 am the thermostat can regulate the temperature down so that you are not wasting energy heating an empty house.
6. Programmable thermostats work for both heating and cooling
They work for both heating and cooling. They also operate completely in the background. You may never have to touch your thermostat again. Well, until you have a day off work and need to turn on the air conditioning. This brings us to the next style of thermostats.
7. Smart thermostats
Ever dreamed of being able to tell your house to get colder or warmer. Well, now you can. With a smart thermostat, you will be able to control the temperature of your home through your smartphone, Google Home, Alexa, and even your smartwatch.
Another great feature of smart thermostats is that you don’t even need to be home to change the temperature. You can do this through an app on your phone no matter where you are. This can come in really handy. Say you are on vacation in January, somewhere nice and warm to escape the cold. Then you hear about an ice storm coming to Toronto. With just a few taps on your phone, you will be able to raise the temperature in your home so that you don’t come home to frozen and cracked pipes.
You can of course program a smart thermostat in the same way you would a traditional, programmable thermostat. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. The smart thermostat knows when you are almost home and can begin cooling or warming your house accordingly. This will mean that you never have to think about setting the thermostat, your home will always be the perfect temperature every time that you walk through the door.