It’s winter and it’s cold. In these stormy months, everybody’s daily ritual is to walk out of the cold wind and into a warm house. The feel of warm carpet on your toes is like nothing else.
To feel this, you have two options. One is to leave the heater on all day. The other choice is using a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats will turn the temperature down during the day and automatically heat it again when you arrive home from work. There is energy saved because the house is allowed to cool during the day. They do the opposite during the summer, saving on air conditioning costs.
Over half of the average homeowner’s energy is used in their heating and cooling systems, making programmable thermostats an efficient choice.
Here are some tips for using your programmable thermostat.
- Installation can be a complicated process. There many different types of thermostats, so there is no one-size-fits-all process. Just be aware that you will be working with wires and electricity. Read the directions. Follow safety procedures and if you aren’t sure of what you are doing or working on a bigger project, definitely contact a HVAC contractor.
- If installing a new thermostat, be sure to keep it away from any unnaturally cold or hot area that could interfere with its temperature detection.
- Programmable thermostats come with preprogrammed settings that are designed to save $180 dollars per year. If you adjust these settings to fit your personal habits, you can save a lot more. See how much you can save by downloading Energy Star’s savings calculator.
- It’s also important to remember with our flexible lives that preprogrammed thermostats can be manually adjusted. If you’re going on a summer vacation, turn the air conditioning off to save money. If you’re at home, turn the temperature up during the day to keep yourself warm. Programmable thermostats are tools that will help save money, but they can’t beat a little foresight.
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