A changed approach to our weather leads to HVAC savings

My body did acclimate to the higher temperatures which has allowed me to be able to enjoy a thermostat setting of 80 degrees during the peak heating hours of the afternoon

It’s almost the end of July and I’ve finally received the utility bill that covers the first full month of summer. Where we live, the weather is warmer than most everywhere else in the country save a few spots. So heat is the big HVAC concern around here. I’m still getting accustomed to this dynamic as it’s just about opposite to everything I know. Having lived way up north all of my life, coming to the land of the heat pump was a big change. But I love the new position with the company and the zone controlled HVAC in the office is fabulous. Still, it has taken a bit for me to really get more accustomed to the long, hot summer. From June through September, the heat is relentless. The temperatures stay in the high 90’s at minimum and the humidity simply magnifies those temperatures. This spring, I decided to learn from a coworker who is a native just how to better manage the heat of summer. I was surprised by his answer. He told me that to better deal with the heat and reduce the dependence on air conditioning, I had to start in the spring. Not going right for the thermostat as the temperatures creep into the 80’s is the way to start. Less HVAC cooling and more acceptance and acclimating. So I took him up on that idea and did just that. I left the thermostat alone and kept the windows open. My body did acclimate to the higher temperatures which has allowed me to be able to enjoy a thermostat setting of 80 degrees during the peak heating hours of the afternoon. Then I bring the thermostat setting down just a bit for more HVAC cooling prior to going to sleep.

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