You have likely heard that having a programmable thermostat can lower your heating and cooling costs. While this is certainly true, you don’t automatically save just by replacing your old manual thermostat for a programmable one. To optimize your savings, you must select, set up and use a programmable thermostat to the fullest.
As reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners can save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs with the help of a programmable thermostat to routinely change the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours every day. For the ordinary home, this amounts to around $180 per year. Try these programmable thermostat tips to save the most on your heating and cooling costs.
As you look at different thermostats, verify the compatibility with the rest of your HVAC system. As an example, radiant floor heating might require a different type of thermostat than one created 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 throughout the week. Here are the four main options:
The capability to schedule setback periods while you’re out of the house or sleeping makes it easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat. Finalize the settings you prefer at the start of the season. While you can choose the times and temperatures that are best for your family’s needs, here’s how the average weekday schedule might look:
The best benefit of a programmable thermostat is that you can save energy without losing comfort. Follow these tips to get the most from your upgrade:
If you’re ready to set it and forget it, choose Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help choosing and installing a programmable thermostat. We can also tell you about Wi-Fi programmable thermostats, which offer even more benefits like remote temperature control, learning capabilities, motion sensors, auto-generated energy reports and more. For more details or to request a free thermostat assessment, please contact your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.
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