Setting a Programmable Thermostat to Ensure Energy Savings

Setting a Programmable Thermostat to Ensure Energy SavingsJust by properly setting a programmable thermostat, you can reduce your home’s cooling and heating expenses by as much as 20 percent. Cooling and heating accounts for the largest segment of the average household’s energy expenses. Setting a programmable thermostat allows you to customize various temperature programs to fit your home’s daily pattern of activity during the week and on weekends. The thermostat executes temperature settings gradually, beginning well in advance of the programmed time so the house reaches the target temperature at precisely the right time. It’s the most energy-efficient method and excels over manual inputs that produce abrupt temperature changes and waste electricity.

Here are some basic guidelines for setting a programmable thermostat:

  1. Maintain the pre-programmed energy-saving set points for long spans of time such as overnight when occupants are asleep or during the day when no one’s at home.
  2. If you want to temporarily change the temperature in the home on a one-time basis, use the temporary override function in the thermostat rather than erasing saved settings. When the next programmed temperature setting arrives, the override will automatically be canceled.
  3. Use the vacation hold feature when you plan to be away for several days. This function allows you to program a single continuous, energy-efficient temperature — usually several degrees warmer than a typical setting in summer or several degrees cooler in winter — and suspend the gradual temperature variations that are part of programmable operation when you’re home.
  4. Avoid the temptation to input acute temperature settings in an attempt to cool or heat the house rapidly. Programmable thermostats incorporate adaptive recovery technology that allows the unit to “learn” how long it typically takes to achieve the most gradual, energy-efficient temperature changes and reach the desired setting. This information is stored in a database in order to make the most intelligent temperature adjustment decisions. Acute manual temperature changes conflict with the adaptive recovery function.

Paitson Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning is Terre Haute’s oldest HVAC sales and service outlet serving the entire Wabash Valley with the latest in cooling and heating technology. Ask us for more hints about setting a programmable thermostat to fit your schedule and fulfill comfort expectations.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana 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.

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