A digital thermostat that is set for energy savings during heating months of the season can really save you a lot of money. Resetting your thermostat when you are away or asleep can be a good way of saving on energy bills. A digital thermostat allows you to program heating or air conditioning according to a schedule that you want. The good news is, programmable thermostats can save and repeat multiple ideal thermostat settings that have been set for the day.
Basic Thermostat operations
During the cold months, you can achieve maximum energy efficiency by setting the thermostat at about 68° F and lowering it when you are asleep or away from home. Turning your thermostat back by 10° or 15° for a period of 8 hours can actually save you up to 15% of energy; so it’s something you may want to consider. The same can also apply during the hot summer months. You can lower the thermostat setting when you are at home and keep it warmer than normal when you are away.
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that the furnace will work harder to heat the house back to a comfortable level when the thermostat has been set back. However, that is not true; in fact, if your house drops temperature below normal, the rate of loosing heat to the surrounding environment will be much lower. In other words, the lower the temperature in the interior, the lower the rate of heat loss.
How to Choose and Program a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are basically digital or sometimes electromechanical. The programmable thermostat is the best option for day light savings but can be tough to program if you don’t have the knowhow. Before you program the thermostat, make sure you have considered the times when you go to sleep and when you wake up. If you want to sleep at a relatively cooler temperature, consider setting the thermostat back a few hours before you go to bed. If there is a time when the house is unoccupied for some hours, you can consider setting back the thermostat at this time. Follow our blog for more great HVAC information and tips.
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