Cold weather has officially moved in, and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to program your thermostat for winter energy savings. A programmable thermostat, if used properly and consistently, can bring significant savings on annual energy bills. But how does one go about using a programmable thermostat properly and consistently?
Following are some tips for reaping maximum savings – and convenience – from your home’s programmable thermostat this winter:
- For meaningful energy savings, program the thermostat for long stretches of time, rather than a couple hours here and there. The best time to follow this rule is during weekdays when the household is empty, with occupants at work or school all day. In the winter, program the thermostat to a lower temperature – perhaps 56-60 degrees – during this time. Then program the thermostat to return to a comfortable temperature – 66-69 degrees – shortly before family members are expected home in the afternoon.
- Overnight is another extended period during which the thermostat can be set at a lower temperature. Most people prefer cooler temperatures for sleeping, say 59-63 degrees. If you have a large or multi-level home without a zoning system, however, you don’t want to set the temperature too low – some family members might have bedrooms in areas (for example, a finished basement) that get much colder than the place where the thermostat is located.
- In the morning, many homeowners are tempted to program a return to a comfortable temperature while everybody’s getting ready to depart for work of school. However, you’ll waste energy if you raise the setting by a significant amount for only an hour or so.
- Resist the temptation to override energy-saving settings on your programmable thermostat. Make sure other family members (such as the kids!) aren’t fiddling with the settings.
We can help you program or upgrade your thermostat before the cold weather gets locked in for the winter. Contact us today at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We serve customers in and around Grand Traverse County.
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).
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