Your new programmable thermostat has a lot of potential, but seeing the full capacity of energy savings is dependent on using its features properly. Here are a few tips to help you make this technology work for you.
Understand Your Thermostat’s Type
There are four types of programmable thermostats that offer basic settings in different ways. If you’re still shopping for a thermostat, make sure you choose one that fits your lifestyle best.
- 7-day models allow for different settings for each day.
- 5+2 day programming allows for one setting for weekdays and another for the weekend.
- 5+1+1 models offer one setting for weekdays and individual options for Saturday and Sunday.
- 1-week programming allows you to set customized programs as needed each week.
General Settings Based on the Season
Seasonal weather greatly affects your thermostat needs and programming strategy for the greatest energy savings. In the winter, set the temperature to 68 degrees when you’re awake and at home. When you’re sleeping or away from home, lower it by 10 to 15 degrees.
When you’re home in the summer, set the temperature to 78 degrees. For cooler days, shut off the A/C manually, but be assured it will kick on if the temperature is too warm. Make sure to set the A/C to turn off anytime you won’t be home.
Set Temperatures to Be Ready for You
Do you hate waking up in the morning and having to turn on the heat? It’s hard to get out of bed when it’s freezing. Just like you can set the coffee pot to start brewing at specific times, a programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature automatically. Following are some recommendations:
- Turn off heating or cooling 20 to 30 minutes before leaving home everyday.
- Turn on heating or cooling 20 to 30 minutes before you arrive home.
- At night, reduce heating or cooling one hour before you to go sleep.
- Set the thermostat to increase heating or cooling 30 minutes before waking.
For more guidelines on using programmable thermostats, contact the Indianapolis home comfort pros at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
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