Best Programmable Thermostat Practices To Boost Energy Savings

When used properly throughout the year, programmable thermostats can save you more money than you might expect. Many homeowners simply set them once and forget about them, missing out on many energy-saving opportunities. You don’t have to be constantly adjusting a programmable thermostat for every second that you are out of the house, but if you familiarize yourself with all of the ways they can help you save money you can maximize your savings.

The greatest benefit of a programmable thermostat is that it revolves around your daily schedule. Having your HVAC system turn off when you leave the house for the day and reactivate shortly before you return is where the majority of your savings will come from. But that is only one part of the day.

The best way to set your daily schedule is to break it down into four phases.  Many modern models do this for you; there are morning, daytime, evening and nighttime settings. During the day in wintertime when your house is unoccupied, you should set the system back about 8 degrees; during the night when you are sleeping, at least 4 degrees.

You can have the same schedule for each day of the week, or you can have different settings to accommodate for changes in your routine. If you have to pick up the kids from basketball practice on Tuesday and Thursday, for example, you can program your HVAC system to turn back on an hour or two later than usual.

You can also make quick one-time changes to your preset schedule in case you want to stay home from work or if you have guests. You simply use the temporary hold feature to cancel the next programmed period and change it to what you want. A vacation hold is a longer version of this, used for when you won’t be home for days at a time.

To learn more about energy conserving programmable thermostat practices, contact Paitson Bros, Heating & Air Conditioning today. We have proudly served the Wabash Valley since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning services Terre Haute, Indiana. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!      

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