The Higher Standard

Serving Odessa-Midland and the Permian Basin Since 1947

Whether it’s plumbing, HVAC, or any of our services, the goal of The Darville Company is to keep you comfortable. That’s a special challenge here in West Texas, especially with temperatures already hitting the triple digits. When it comes to your HVAC, the power to stay comfortable is in your hands or, at least, it’s on the wall. Knowing how to properly operate your thermostat can keep you cool and keep energy costs down at the same time.


Hot temps outside will naturally heat your house, just as cold temps will cool your house. The further the outside temps get from your comfort zone, the more energy is used to keep your home in a comfortable range.

Here in the Permian Basin, it could be 100 one day and only 70 the next. Keep this in mind when setting your thermostat for the day. The greater the difference in temp, the more you’ll pay to stay cool.


The air is either on or it is off. If you are hot, setting your thermostat at 40 will not make it cool any faster. If you’re cold, setting it at 90 won’t make it heat up any faster. Instead, set the thermostat at the desired temperature and be patient.


These days, lots of thermostats are programmable. Making use of this feature is a good way to keep the thermostat closer to the outside temperature during the day when no one is home. You can even set it to turn back on when you’re heading home from work. This will save you money by not pointlessly keeping it at a perfect temperature while the house is empty.

Some modern thermostats even have WiFi, allowing you to set or change them via your phone or computer. Others can send reminders when it’s time to change your filters. If your thermostat has these features, use them!


The certified HVAC experts at The Darville Company can calibrate your thermostat to make sure it’s delivering the best possible performance. To make an appointment, call us today at 432-580-9675. Darville is The Higher Standard.

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