You have most likely heard that having a programmable thermostat can lower your heating and cooling costs. While this is certainly true, you don’t automatically save just by swapping out your old manual thermostat for a programmable one. To maximize your savings, you should select, set up and use a programmable thermostat properly.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners can save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs by using a programmable thermostat to automatically change the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours every day. For the average home, this amounts to about $180 per year. Try these programmable thermostat tips to save the most on your heating and cooling costs.
As you compare thermostats, check the compatibility with the rest of your HVAC system. For instance, radiant floor heating may necessitate a different type of thermostat than one designed 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 similar. Separate models offer varying levels of control throughout the week. Here are the four principal options:
The ability to program setback periods while you’re away or sleeping makes it easy to save energy with a programmable thermostat. Finalize the settings you want at the start of the season. While you can choose the times and temperatures that work best for your family’s needs, here’s how a typical weekday schedule might look:
The best aspect of a programmable thermostat is that you can save energy without losing comfort. Try these tips to get the most from your upgrade:
If you’re ready to set it and forget it, choose Midway Services for help selecting and installing a programmable thermostat. We can also tell you about Wi-Fi programmable thermostats, which are designed with even more benefits thanks to remote temperature control, learning capabilities, motion sensors, auto-generated energy reports and more. For more information or to request a free thermostat assessment, please contact your local Midway Services office today.
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