Programmable thermostats are different than regular models because they have a built-in clock. This allows you to program setback periods to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort. The key to enjoying both of these benefits is to use programmable thermostat settings appropriately. Here are the top five tips for doing just that.
- Use setbacks: The most important setting for energy savings is the setback period. Program the thermostat to set the temperature back about 10 degrees every time you leave the home for several hours or go to bed at night. These settings are most effective if you have a consistent schedule and can use the setbacks for at least eight hours at a time.
- Avoid using the hold feature regularly: Every programmable thermostat lets you override the current setting if you become too hot or too cold. While an override increases your comfort, it also raises your energy bills. Try changing what you’re wearing before you touch the thermostat to help save money.
- Use the correct hold feature at the appropriate time: When you override a setting on a day-to-day basis, use the temporary hold feature. However, when you leave on vacation or another extended absence, use the permanent hold (sometimes referred to as the vacation mode) setting. This prevents upcoming settings from canceling the override. When you return from your trip, remove the permanent hold to resume your regularly scheduled programmable thermostat settings.
- Keep the temperature constant: Just like using the cruise control in your car, keeping the thermostat at a steady temperature helps conserve energy. If you must override the setting, only change it by a degree or two. Cranking the temperature way up or down doesn’t improve your comfort any faster.
- Consider zoning: By installing multiple programmable thermostats (and dampers within your ductwork), you can create a zoning system that allows you to control the temperature in different areas of your home independently. This encourages energy savings and improves home comfort in every room.
For more information on using programmable thermostat settings correctly, please contact P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. Our experience serving residents in the Greater Cleveland area dates back more than 77 years.
Paul 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 over 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. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. 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.
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