Tips For Getting The Full Benefits Of Programmable Thermostats


Programmable thermostats can increase your HVAC system's efficiency, save you money on your monthly energy bills, and help you maintain a more consistent, comfortable temperature throughout your home. Unfortunately, if you don't use your programmable thermostat correctly, or make a few common mistakes, you won't reap the benefits of this amazing technology.

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your new programmable thermostat:

Read the Owner's Manual Thoroughly

The owner's manual is a great resource, and because each model is different, it will provide helpful tips and troubleshooting strategies. The manual will help you understand your thermostat's scheduling capabilities. There are four popular types of programmable thermostats:

  • One-week programmable thermostat. This thermostat can only be set on a week-by-week basis. The settings will remain the same for every day of the week.
  • Five-two programmable thermostat. The settings are divided into the five weekdays and the two weekend days.
  • Five-one-one programmable thermostat. This thermostat allows you to set the temperatures for the weekdays in one block. The temperatures on Saturday and Sunday can be programmed separately.
  • Daily programmable thermostat. This is the most versatile option, and allows you to set a different heating and cooling schedule for each individual day of the week and weekend.

Check the owner's manual for explicit instructions for how to adjust the heating and cooling scheduled based upon your lifestyle.

Avoid Extreme Temperature Changes

Many homeowners make the mistake of setting their temperatures much lower than is comfortable when they are not home, and drastically higher when they are home. Instead of saving money, the homeowner actually winds up wasting energy and putting an unnecessary strain on their HVAC system.

For example, if you set the temperatures to 60 degrees Fahrenheit when you are away from home and 75 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home, the HVAC system must worker harder to reach the drastically higher temperature. Instead, program the thermostat for a daytime and nighttime temperature within a few degrees of one another.

Learn the Signs Your Thermometer Is Malfunctioning

If your HVAC system isn't working correctly, the first thing you should check is your programmable thermostat. For example, the problem could something as simple as dead batteries. If you place a space heater next to your thermostat, it can impact its efficiency. The thermostat monitors the surrounding air temperatures and adjusts itself to maintain the programmed temperature.

When used correctly, a programmable thermostat can save you big money on your monthly energy bills without sacrificing your family's comfort. For more information about air conditioning repair and maintenance, contact an HVAC company in your area.


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