If you have decided to upgrade the thermostat in your home to one is that is programmable, then you might need a few pointed on getting the most out of it since it differs a bit from the more traditional style home device. Though you are likely already familiar with the benefits and style of such a gadget, let me share a few tidbits with you to maximize those benefits.
Since you can schedule when your air or heat comes on with one of these, it gives you an easy way to keep heating and cooling costs down while also maximizing your family’s comfort level.
For instance, when the weather is warm outside, you can keep it cool inside by boosting up the air conditioner at night to get it nice and cool before the daytime heat starts hitting the house. This is a low-cost way to stay cool in the summer. This is also something that you should do when you’re away from home in the summer (such as on a summer vacation) and want to cool off the house at the best time of day.
According to figures from the United States Department of Energy, rolling back your thermostat by just 7°-10°F from it’s normal setting for just 8 hours per day will save you up to 10% per year on your heating and cooling costs. And with a programmable thermostat, that is super easy to do. You can just set the temp to roll back while everyone is at work or school and then get back to a more comfortable level just before everyone gets back home. The reason that this saves you on the cooling and heating costs is because your HVAC equipment isn’t having to operate nearly as much when you’re away from the home or asleep – basically, no one is heating up the place with their body heat!
With a programmable thermostat, you should be able to set at least six different pre-set temperature options that you can use to optimize the money-saving benefits of the device. The cool think about these presets is that you can easily override them if you happen to be home during the day when one of them is normally used – such as a work holiday off from work. And, doing the override does not mess up the setting in any way – it will continue to function as normal for the other days that you use the setting.
When creating your pre-set temperature blocks, a good rule of thumb is to make temperature adjustments for any periods during the day that last at least 4 hours and no one is home during that time. Since you don’t have to worry about anyone’s comfort level, this is a good time to change the temp setting for a little money and energy saving.