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Want to Increase Energy Savings? Count On Your Programmable Thermostat

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 03:44 PM

Programmable thermostats are among the more prominent and proven of HVAC technologies, providing excellent control that lets heating and cooling systems work at their highest level of efficiency and effectiveness. To help increase energy savings from your programmable thermostat, keep the following tips in mind:

  • programmable thermostat and energy savingsUse pre-programmed set points: Programmable thermostats come equipped with pre-programmed set points, which are most often used to automatically reduce heating or cooling during times when your house is vacant. The set points then automatically increase home comfort levels for when you and your family return at the end of the day. Set points that reduce HVAC system operation should be applied for at least eight hours for maximum energy savings.
  • Limit use of manual overrides of set points: Thermostats let you adjust or manually override set points if, for example, the area you're in needs more or less heating or cooling for a short period of time. However, using these manual overrides increases energy consumption and limits the benefits gained from having a set point system. Avoid the use of manual overrides when possible.
  • Don't slam temperature settings up or down abruptly: Quick changes in heating or cooling settings will not cause your home to get comfortable any faster. Instead, these drastic shifts of settings can cause your HVAC system to waste considerable amounts of energy. Let your programmable thermostat work at its best by sensing your home's inside temperature and gradually providing the heating or cooling that you need.
  • Put in multiple programmable thermostats: In larger homes, a single thermostat will not be able to maintain consistent temperatures throughout the entire structure. If there are areas of your home with different temperature needs or if you have large areas or multiple floors to condition, use zoning to put a programmable thermostat in each of these areas.

With more than 76 years of professional experience in the HVAC industry, P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling is a smart choice for customers in the Greater Cleveland area. Contact us today for more information on programmable thermostats and for help choosing a model that will increase energy savings in your home.

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

Topics: home comfort tips, energy bills, energy savings, programmable thermostat

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