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Get the Most Out of Your Programmable Thermostat

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, May 26, 2010 @ 11:28 AM

We’ve been talking about programmable thermostats and how they can save you money on your energy bills.  Did you know that you can realize savings of about 10% off your energy bills just by installing a programmable thermostat?  So, how do these money-saving devices work, and how can you maximize your savings?

Unlike their manual counterparts, programmable thermostats adjust temperature settings automatically.  Most units can store multiple settings and repeat cycles of pre-set daily temperatures.  Homeowners simply have to program whatever temperatures they want at particular times of day.  You can use a programmable thermostat to tailor your home’s heating and cooling to your schedule.

This allows you to use less energy during times of the day when you’re away from home or sleeping.  Turning back the temperature 10-15 degrees during the night, for example, can save the average Northeast Ohio homeowner over $100 a year.  For most people, the biggest advantage to programmable thermostats is simply the fact that they won’t forget to change settings themselves, and risk wasting energy.

Since these units are designed to conserve energy, it’s important to know how to program them to maximize their efficiency (and your savings).  Our HVAC professionals can help you program your thermostats so that your heating and cooling system will use less fuel.  Your ideal settings will depend partly on your climate.  In winter, for example, setting your daytime temperature to 68 degrees then lowering it by 5 degrees at night can save you 1% in energy costs per degree of setback.

In the summer, follow the same strategy by keeping the house warmer while you’re away, then lower the temperature to about 78 degrees when at home.  You can time up the temperature changes to avoid coming home to a warm house in summer and, conversely, a cold house in winter.

There are more types of programmable thermostats than you might think, check out our previous post to learn more!

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  To get started, check out our website

Topics: Heating and Cooling, energy costs, temperature settings, programmable thermostat, cooling system

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