If you have a vacation planned for the near future, you may be eagerly crossing tasks off your to-do list. One task should be to program your thermostat to a higher temperature while you’re away so you can enjoy savings during your absence from home. Without the option to program the temperature, you can still certainly set the temperature higher, but that uncomfortable 85-degree home is what you’ll have to come home to.
In order to come home to a house that’s as comfortable as the one you left, you need a programmable thermostat so you can set it to resume a comfortable temperature before you get home from your trip. This function makes programmable thermostats ideal for day-to-day use as well. Chances are your home remains empty for much of the day while you are at work and your children are at school. Save money every weekday by programming the air conditioner to maintain a higher temperature while the home is vacant.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat in your home yet, you should know that they are easy to use. You can set each day independent of each other, or choose the popular 5+1+1 setting where the five weekdays are programmed the same and the weekend days are independent from the rest of the week. Of course, when planning for your multi-day absence, you can override the usual settings prior to your departure.
The savings you experience from setting your thermostat back will result in extra spending money on your trip. If you are worried about staying on budget, utilize this technique for energy savings while on vacation so you have a buffer on your vacation spending.
For more information about home energy savings, or to set up a visit from a qualified technician to install your programmable thermostat, contact Ernst Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the Edwardsville area with pride since 1951.
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