You have probably heard that having a programmable thermostat can bring down your heating and cooling costs. While this is genuinely true, you don’t automatically save just by exchanging your old manual thermostat for a programmable one. To optimize your savings, you ought to select, set up and use a programmable thermostat properly.
As reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners can save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat to consistently set back the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours each day. For the ordinary home, this amounts to about $180 per year. Check out these programmable thermostat tips to save the most on your heating and cooling bills.
As you compare thermostats, check the compatibility with your HVAC system. For instance, radiant floor heating may call for a different type of thermostat than one developed for forced-air heating and cooling.
Then, evaluate the scheduling controls. Most programmable thermostats have four daily programs—Wake, Leave, Home and Sleep, or something similar. Separate models offer varied levels of control all through the week. Here are the four primary options:
The capability to set up setback periods while you’re out of the house or sleeping makes it easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat. Establish the settings you want at the beginning of the season. While you can choose the times and temperatures that are best for your family’s needs, here’s how a typical weekday schedule might work:
The best benefit of a programmable thermostat is that you can save energy without sacrificing comfort. Check out these tips to get the most from your upgrade:
If you want to set it and forget it, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help finding and installing a programmable thermostat. We can also tell you about Wi-Fi programmable thermostats, which are designed with even more benefits thanks to remote temperature control, learning capabilities, motion sensors, auto-generated energy reports and more. For more details or to request a free thermostat assessment, please call your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.
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