Program a Thermostat
Many homeowners are finding that making a simple change from a manual thermostat to a programmable one offers many benefits to your wallet, your home, and your comfort.
Programmable thermostats can save you money by allowing you to adjust the temperature to the exact point of your own personal comfort, and keep it there consistently. For every degree that you raise or lower the temperature, you can save up to 2% on your utility bill.
You do not have to keep your air conditioning or heat on high while you are away or sleeping. You can create a schedule that follows your family’s routine. You will spend less time adjusting the thermostat, while optimizing your home’s energy efficiency.
Many of the newer models of programmable thermostats come equipped with many different high-tech tools, such as Wi-Fi ability or technology that allows you to control your thermostat using a laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Make sure your thermostat is in a proper location.
Your thermostat should be located on an inside wall, away from outside doors and windows and heat registers.
Don’t let the sun do too much work.
In the summer, set your thermostat as high as comfort will permit. Draw window coverings to block sunlight during the hottest part of the day.
Large groups of people will heat your home more quickly.
Lower the thermostat a degree or two when expecting a large group of guests.
The more your furnace works, the more you pay.
In the winter, set your thermostat as low as comfort will permit. Each degree over 68F can add up to 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
While these maintenance procedures outlined within are manageable by homeowners, we recommend that they be performed by licensed HVAC contractors, who also run diagnostic tests to ensure that the system is operating optimally.
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