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Programmable Thermostat

A thermostat is a vital part of your heating and cooling system. It serves as the command center, making it possible for you to control the temperature in your home as desired. Although thermostats are an important component of your system, some are far more effective than others at keeping your home feeling comfortable and lowering energy use – and programmable thermostats are a perfect example of this. Learn more about how a programmable thermostat works and get tips for using one to maximize its energy-saving potential.

How Programmable Thermostats Work

You can save between 5 to 15 percent on your utility costs by turning the temperature back 10 to 15 degrees for eight-hour blocks of time everyday, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If you have a traditional thermostat, you have to adjust the settings manually every time you want to do this. Unless you’re very mindful about changing the settings at various times of the day, manually adjusted thermostats can result in significant energy loss.

A programmable thermostat eliminates the need to constantly change the temperature, and is capable of saving you a meaningful amount of money every month. What’s more, by using a programmable thermostat your home will feel comfortable when you awake in the morning and when you get home from work.

Tips For Saving Energy With Programmable Thermostats

  • Think about your household’s lifestyle before choosing a programmable thermostat, as there are a few kinds available with different scheduling flexibility options. Some allow a different schedule every day; others have one schedule for weekdays and another on weekends; and others allow for a different schedule on Saturday and another on Sunday, while having the same schedule during the week.

  • Try not to override the settings on your thermostat, as this can increase your energy consumption and utility costs.

  • Install your thermostat on an interior wall that’s away from direct sunlight, windows and doors. Place it in a location where natural room air currents occur as well.

  • Save energy by programming your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and to 68 degrees in the winter, when you’re home. Set the temperature back when you leave and when you’re asleep.

For more information on how programmable thermostats can save energy in your Waldorf area home, please contact us at Tri-County Aire anytime.


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