Having a programmable thermostat can be beneficial for your home. You can save money each month because you can program the thermostat for when you are home, away, or sleeping. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.
Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program. They can save you money, while also allowing your home to stay comfortable year round.
Saving with a Programmable Thermostat
You can save as much as 10% a year on your monthly energy bill by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for eight hours a day from the typical setting. You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you are awake and setting it lower while you are asleep or away from home.
Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.
Avoid setting your thermostat at a warmer setting than normal when you turn on your heater. It will not warm your home any faster and could result in excessive warmth and, therefore, unnecessary expense. A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. In fact, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly. The lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss. So the longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save, because your house has lost less energy than it would have at the higher temperature.
You can set your programmable thermostat to reduce the amount of warm air being produced before you leave or go to bed and return to its regular temperature two or three hours before you wake up or return home. This may require some guesswork at first, but with a little trial and error you can still save energy while maintaining a comfortable home. Most programmable thermostats are either digital, electromechanical, or some mixture of the two. Digital thermostats offer the most features in terms of multiple setback settings, overrides, and adjustments for daylight savings time, but may be difficult for some people to program. If you have any questions about your thermostat, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the options and recommend what type of thermostat is right for your home.