It can be easy to overlook that little panel on the wall that controls your home’s heating and air conditioning. Homeowners be warned – that thermostat could be costing you hundreds of dollars every year if it is not properly programmed.
Programmable thermostats can help make your home feel more comfortable and allow you to save energy as well. In order to get the most out of your digital thermostat, it helps to have some advice on how to properly use it.
Programmable thermostats respond to changes in the home’s temperature, so you do not want to install it anywhere near a window or a vent. The air blowing directly on the thermostat could give it a false reading.
When you program your thermostat, be sure to set it to energy-efficient temperatures for extended periods of time. Lower the set point during the eight hours you and your family will be sleeping, as well as the eight hours you are at work and your children are at school. Raise the set point for the times when you and your family are home in the morning and evening. To make your home a little warmer during the day on weekends and holidays, use the manual adjustment to raise the temperature slightly.
Many homeowners also find programmable thermostats convenient for keeping the house comfortable for pets, and warm enough to prevent water pipes from freezing and bursting when they are away on vacation. Your digital thermostat may even have a vacation feature that allows you to create a temperature program for use during these times. If so, be sure to use it to maximize the efficiency of your thermostat.
During a routine maintenance, Home Comfort technicians are happy to take a look at your thermostat’s programming and help set it to be more comfortable and energy efficient. The savings you get from a proper thermostat control system can more than pay for the cost of maintenance. We offer a full line of thermostats with a variety of features. We even have thermostats you can control using your computer or smart phone! We can help you choose the best model for your home and lifestyle. Call us today to schedule a money-saving appointment!