You have most likely heard that having a programmable thermostat can lower your heating and cooling costs. While this is genuinely true, you don’t instantly save just by swapping out your old manual thermostat for a programmable one. To optimize your savings, you should select, set up and use a programmable thermostat properly.
As reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners could save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs if you use a programmable thermostat to consistently set back the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours each day. For the average home, this amounts to about $180 per year. Follow these programmable thermostat tips to save the most on your heating and cooling bill.
As you compare thermostats, verify the compatibility with the rest of your HVAC system. As an example, radiant floor heating might necessitate a different type of thermostat than one developed for forced-air heating and cooling.
Then, assess the scheduling options. Most programmable thermostats have four daily programs—Wake, Leave, Home and Sleep, or something comparable. Separate models offer dynamic levels of control all through the week. Here are the four primary options:
The capability to schedule setback periods while you’re out of the house or sleeping makes it easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat. Establish the settings you want at the start of the season. While you can choose the times and temperatures that are best for your family’s schedules, here’s how an ordinary weekday schedule might look:
The best benefit of a programmable thermostat is that you can save energy without losing out on 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 finding and installing a programmable thermostat. We can also share more info 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 information or to request a free thermostat assessment, please call your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today.
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