You have probably heard that putting in a programmable thermostat can lower your heating and cooling costs. While this is genuinely true, you don’t immediately 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 stated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners can save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs if you use a programmable thermostat to automatically set back the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours every day. For the everyday home, this amounts to around $180 per year. Follow these programmable thermostat tips to save the most on your heating and cooling bill.
As you look at different thermostats, check the compatibility with your other equipment. 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 options. Most programmable thermostats have four daily programs—Wake, Leave, Home and Sleep, or something close. Separate models offer dynamic levels of control throughout the week. Here are the four main options:
The ability to program setback periods while you’re away or sleeping makes it easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat. Finalize the settings you want at the start of the season. While you can select the times and temperatures that are ideal for your family’s preferences, here’s how a typical weekday schedule might look:
The best aspect 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’re ready to set it and forget it, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help selecting and installing a programmable thermostat. We can also tell you about Wi-Fi programmable thermostats, which are designed with 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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