I really have enjoyed not having to worry with the thermostat for the least few months.
I know that’s not the case in most of the rest of the country.
There are millions of people who are focusing on the thermostat this time of year in order to minimize heating costs. And if I had a gas furnace running night and day, I’d be doing the same. But for me, the winter means I can stop watching the thermostat. We need next to no heating help during the winter. In fact, I generally just flip the heat pump off. There might be a few days where it’s a bit cool in the house and that’s what space heaters are for. However, I know that I will soon have to get back in the habit of paying attention to the thermostat and the HVAC equipment. Before long, there will be a demand for cooling and it won’t stop for another seven or eight months. So it’s really important for me to get my good air conditioning habits back as quickly as possible. That starts with resisting the urge to flip on the air conditioning and leave it on. Sure, there are a few spring days and nights where a bit of cooling is necessary. But by and large, I like to leave off the air conditioning as long as possible. I also like to get in the habit of closing the solar shades before I go to work. This stops the direct sunlight heating which will totally rob the heat pump of efficiency. And there is one other good habit that I will follow as well. I’ll be calling the HVAC company to get the air conditioning tune up done in the next month or so.