How to Use Your Programmable Thermostat ProperlyIf you have a programmable thermostat and you’re not using it to its full potential, you may be leaving energy savings on the table. Programmable thermostats offer a convenient way to save energy and enjoy your preferred temperatures with automatic temperature changeover. Consider these tips for using your thermostat wisely.

Energy Star Temperature Suggestions

Programming your thermostat by Energy Star recommendations is a good place to start. Set your thermostat for when you’re awake, away or asleep.

  • Comfort: Energy Star recommends 78 degrees during the cooling months and 68 degrees during the heating months for at-home comfort temperatures.
  • Savings: When the house is unoccupied, program the thermostat up or down 10 to 15 degrees for cooling and heating months respectively.
  • Sleep: You want to be comfortable during sleep hours, so a more modest energy-saving program of  four to eight degrees lower or higher may work well.

Special Features

Programmable thermostats are available with many features and options. The following are standard features to use wisely:

  • Don’t use the “hold” option: Programmable thermostats encourage consistent temperatures for maximum energy savings. They are times when you may need to change the programmed temperature, such as when you come home early from work. If you leave the thermostat on the “hold” adjustment, regular programming resumes at the next scheduled changeover. However, it’s not a good idea to use the “hold” feature too often, or you lose energy savings you’ve earned.
  • System alerts: Many thermostats will alert you with a prompt on the display when it’s time to change the air filter and for malfunctions in the cooling and heating systems. Heed these alerts. If it’s time to change the filter, do so ASAP. A clogged filter increases energy usage and places excessive wear on HVAC components. System malfunction alerts may include a reference number that you may identify with the user’s manual.
  • Keypad lockout: The keypad lockout or password feature is nice if you don’t want your program settings tampered with, either intentionally or accidentally.

If you have questions about your programmable thermostat, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas 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.

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