Having a programmable thermostat in your home makes it easy to enjoy energy savings with very little effort. Depending on your schedule, you can stick with what is preprogrammed or make changes to the default thermostat settings so they’re appropriate for you and your family.
Here are some simple tips for thermostat settings to achieve the most significant energy savings possible:
- During times when you know you’ll be away or asleep, pre-set the temperature back. This strategy is the basis for enjoying energy savings with a programmable thermostat. Consider setting the thermostat back 7 to 8 degrees during the day while you’re away. Ensure that you program the thermostat settings to resume a comfortable temperature 30 minutes to an hour before you return home so you don’t experience any discomfort upon arrival.
- When you’re sleeping, turn the temperature down. Try setting the temperature back about 8 degrees in the winter. When you snuggle comfortably under the sheets, you won’t even notice the temperature change, as long as you program the thermostat settings to resume a comfortable temperature before you need to wake up.
- Don’t crank the temperature up or down. While you can override any preprogrammed settings to improve the level of comfort when needed, refrain from cranking it to 90 degrees or down to 40 degrees for a quicker temperature change. The fact is your heating and cooling systems can either be on or off, like a light switch, so cranking the temperature up and down is simply asking for wasted energy, not quicker temperature change.
- Consider zoning controls. Your bottom floor is always cooler than your upstairs levels in the summer and vice versa in the winter. You can balance these temperature differences with zoning controls that come with thermostats for different areas of your home.
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