You have likely heard that installing a programmable thermostat can reduce 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 should select, set up and use a programmable thermostat effectively.
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 automatically change the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours each day. For the average home, this amounts to around $180 per year. Check out these programmable thermostat tips to save the most on your heating and cooling costs.
As you compare thermostats, verify the compatibility with your HVAC system. For example, radiant floor heating might necessitate a different type of thermostat than one created for forced-air heating and cooling.
Then, examine the scheduling options. Most programmable thermostats have four daily programs—Wake, Leave, Home and Sleep, or something close. Different models offer varied levels of control all through the week. Here are the four primary options:
The ability to schedule setback periods while you’re out of the house or sleeping makes it easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat. Create the settings you want at the start of the season. While you can choose the times and temperatures that work best for your family’s needs, 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. Follow these tips to get the most from your upgrade:
If you prefer to set it and forget it, choose 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 come 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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