When programmable thermostats are used correctly, they can be great energy-saving partners that are always on time, and work around the clock according to your schedule. If you’re replacing an old manual thermostat, or installing a thermostat with a new system upgrade, use these tips to program your new thermostat for maximum home comfort and consistent energy savings.
Comfort, Convenience and Cool Savings
Programmable thermostats are really all about comfort and convenience on your watch. A manual thermostat may also be turned back or up to save energy during working and sleeping hours, but the time it takes to bring the home to a comfortable temperature can be unpleasant.
Programmable thermostats alleviate comfort issues when used correctly and consistently, and you will be rewarded with energy savings comfortable to your budget. These are the basic guidelines:
- Takes notes of your household’s daily routine. Working hours are prime energy-saving blocks. According to Energy.gov, you may save up to 10 percent on your energy bill by turning back (heating months) or up (cooling months) the thermostat seven to 10 degrees for an eight-hour period.
- Sleeping hours may garner savings, but use moderate temperature changes for greater comfort. For instance, wait one or two hours into your normal sleeping time before the programmed temperature change takes effect.
- Consistency is important. Try to avoid interrupting programs by using the “hold” feature. Energy savings may be quickly lost, which is why it’s important to start with moderate temperature swings, particularly during sleeping hours, until you become acclimated with your new thermostat.
- Consider installing a thermostat with automatic alerts for system malfunctions, filter change and maintenance reminders.
Speak with your HVAC professional about installing a thermostat that is compatible with your home-comfort systems, which is especially important if you have a heat pump. Your thermostat must be able to bring your home to normal heating temperature slowly, so as not to activate inefficient backup electric resistance heating. If you’re installing new home-comfort equipment, ask about smart programmable thermostats.
For more details about programmable thermostats for your Savannah area home, contact Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning.