3 Facts to Hack Your Thermostat

One of our favorite pastimes here at Scott Systems Heating & Air is saving you money. After two and a half decades in the HVAC business, we’ve learned a thing or two about this, and we want to share our wealth of knowledge with our loyal customers!

If you’re looking for a great way to save some cash, look no farther than that tiny box on the wall your momma told you never to touch! That’s right, there is more to your thermostat than you think.

Degrees to dollars

Did you know it is generally recommended you set your home’s cooling system to 78°F when you are at home? Probably. But, did you also know, for every degree above 78°F in the summer months, you could save approximately 6% - 8% off your home energy bill, per degree? If you’re planning to not be home for a few hours, why rack up the bill? Raise your temperature a few degrees to save more than a few dollars.


Every degree your thermostat is set above 78°F in the summer months, you could save approximately 6% - 8% off your home energy bill.


Don’t crank it up

Fall has officially landed, but the weather doesn’t seem to know it yet. It is tempting to crank that AC before the sweat starts pouring, but will setting your thermostat to 72 bring in the chill any faster than a reasonable 75?

We’re here to break the news to you: your air conditioner only works at one speed. Pushing it to extremes won’t get you warmer or cooler any faster. Our suggestion? Wait it out. A lower temperature won’t make your thermostat work any harder, and it will cost you in the long run.

Keep the doors open

It’s a commonly held belief closed interior doors will save you money on your energy bills. It makes some sense – closing doors to unused rooms means less space to cool, right? Not quite.

Air trapped in the pressurized bedroom, however, doesn't stay contained. It will find ways to escape.

According to Home Energy, when interior doors are closed, the room is placed under pressure because airflow is now blocked. Air trapped in the pressurized bedroom, however, doesn't stay contained. It will find ways to escape.

Any escaping air is replaced in an equal amount, significantly increasing utility bills. This air can come from different sources such as your chimney, water heater, or furnace. Since it isn’t coming through your air conditioner, it isn’t filtered. This means harmful pathogens, dust, dirt, and carbon monoxide can easily slip in with the draft.


We hope you’ll take this information with you and save a few dollars on us. For more great tips, check out our Comfy Club. We’ll keep you updated, and you won’t even have to lift a finger!