Programmable thermostats can help you find significant energy savings, but you have to understand the features and use them properly. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of this technology.
Choose the Best Option for Your Lifestyle
There are four main types of programmable thermostats with different customizable settings. Find the one with the flexibility and scheduling that you want so you can set it up once and leave it alone.
- 7-day programming: Each day can have a set program.
- 5-2 programming: Set one program for weekdays and one other schedule for weekends.
- 5-1-1 programming: Set one program for weekdays and unique programs for Saturday and Sunday.
- 1-week: Set one program for the entire week.
How to Save Energy with Programmable Thermostats
The U.S Department of Energy suggests the following settings in order to shave up to 15 percent off your energy bill:
- Winter – Set the temperature to 68 degrees when you’re home and awake. For the times when you’re sleeping or not at home, lower the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees.
- Summer – Set the temperature to 78 degrees when you’re home. For cooler days, shut off the A/C manually (it will kick on if the house gets too warm). Program the A/C to shut off during times when you’re not at home.
Best Heating and Cooling Settings
Every family has different schedules and preferences, so you’ll want to spend time testing and tweaking your program as you find what works best for you and your family.
- 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 everyday.
- Reduce heating or cooling one hour before you to go sleep.
- Increase heating or cooling 30 minutes before you wake up in the morning.
A WiFi-enabled thermostat allows you to control your home’s temperature while you’re out and about, allowing for even more flexibility.
For ways to maximize energy savings with your programmable thermostat, contact Cool Power, LLC. We have served the Long Island area since 1975.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area 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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