With a programmable thermostat installed in your home, you will have the potential to heat your home more efficiently year round. However, simply having the device is not enough. You must manage your thermostat settings correctly in order to see the full benefits.
The federal Energy Star program states that it’s possible to significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on your heating bills by maintaining proper thermostat settings. Following is a list of good thermostat practices:
- Keep the set temperature at a consistently lower level when you’re away from home, or at night when you’re sleeping. This will lower the workload on your system and reduce your utility bills.
- Don’t use the “hold” option too often. Most thermostats allow you to briefly change the preset temperature. However, doing so all the time will force your system to work harder, thus reducing its efficiency.
- When leaving your home for an extended period of time (like for a business trip or for vacation), be sure to alter your thermostat settings to reduce the workload on your equipment. Because you will be away, you can turn down the temperature in the winter (and turn it up in the summer).
- Never set a radical temperature on your thermostat in hopes to heat or cool your home more quickly. For instance, you can not heat your home more quickly by turning the temperature up to 90 degrees. it won’t heat up your home any quicker than if you had set the temperature right where you want it.
- If you have a zoning system in your home, it’s best to have a programmable thermostat for each zone in order to get full comfort and energy savings.
For more information on how to properly maintain your thermostat settings, contact the experts at Ernst Heating & Cooling. We’ve serviced the Edwardsville area since 1951 and will be happy to help you with all of your home comfort needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.