Using Programmable Thermostats to Cut Cooling Costs

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Programmable thermostats automate the process of saving energy and ensuring indoor comfort
during your busy daily schedule. Manual thermostat adjustments are rarely the most consistent or efficient way to manage household temperatures. Few people can spare the effort to devote to turning the thermostat up or down at multiple, predetermined times each and every day. In addition, manual thermostat changes generally result in abrupt cooling and heating swings – not the most energy-conserving way to transition between temperatures.

Programmable thermostats can be scheduled to maintain temperatures that match your home’s occupancy and activity patterns. A programmable unit also executes temperature changes more gradually and energy efficiently than cranking the old manual thermostat up or down by hand.

By cooling and heating according to the rhythms of their lifestyle, homeowners who install and take the time to properly use a programmable thermostat can reduce cooling and heating costs by up to 20 percent without sacrificing comfort.

Programmable thermostats are available in models that offer three pre-programmed schedules to accommodate specific start and stop times input by the homeowner, as well as desired temperature ranges:

  • A 7-day model provides maximum flexibility, allowing you to schedule different temperature settings at different times for each day of the week.
  • A 5+2 model provides a single schedule for Monday through Friday and another single schedule for the weekend.
  • A 5+1+1 model provides a single schedule for Monday through Friday, a separate schedule for Saturday and a separate schedule for Sunday.

Get the maximum benefit from your programmable thermostat by following these tips:

  • Mount the thermostat away from indoor heat sources.
  • Program to keep temperatures consistent over long time spans such as overnight or when no one is home.
  • Use the “Hold” setting or “Vacation” mode to maintain energy-conserving temperatures while the home is unoccupied for long periods.
  • Don’t manually override programmed settings unless absolutely necessary.
  • Install fresh batteries annually, unless your thermostat gets its power from your HVAC equipment or the home's electrical source.

For more information on the benefits of programmable thermostats, contact the pros at Air Control Heating & Cooling. We provide superior HVAC services in the Tallahassee area.

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