Tips for Setting the Programmable Thermostat for All-Day Comfort and Energy Savings

programmable thermostatProgrammable thermostats can be an effective tool to help reduce energy costs if used properly. The temperature can be set to allow less use of your cooling and heating systems during periods when everyone is away or occupants are sleeping. Then your home can be brought to a comfortable level just before people return home or awaken.

There are three basic types of programmable thermostats. The model in your home will determine the settings that are available to you.

  • 7-day thermostats – Different programs can be set on different days with up to four different settings within a single day. This is the most flexible thermostat.
  • 5+2 thermostats – The weekday program stays the same, but a different setting can be used for the weekend days.
  • 5-1-1 thermostats – Saturday can have one program and Sunday another, while weekdays can use another program.

Depending on the type of thermostat in your home, a correct programming schedule can be employed to reduce energy costs without sacrificing your home comfort. Here are some tips to get you started programming your thermostat.

  • Set for long periods of time – Keep the thermostat set for the maximum energy savings for long periods during the day when people are away from home. Eight hours is usually considered a minimum in order to achieve meaningful energy savings.
  • Use the vacation setting –  If your thermostat has this feature, activate the hold to increase energy savings during extended time away, such as a vacation.
  • Don’t override your program too often – Changing the settings too often can increase energy costs by forcing the heating and cooling system to make adjustments. This defeats the purpose of your programmable thermostat.
  • Change the batteries – Some programmable thermostats use batteries. Changing the batteries at the recommended interval will keep you from losing the programming and increasing energy consumption.

Please contact us at WA Air Conditioning if you have any questions about programmable thermostats or other home comfort issues. We have been proudly serving the Trinity and Walker County area for more than 25 years.

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August 22, 2014 8:53 pm