Programming Your Thermostat for Savings this Season

Programming Your Thermostat for Savings this SeasonOne relatively inexpensive way to realize wintertime – or anytime – utility savings is to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. Programmable technology allows you to design a heating and cooling schedule that raises and lowers the thermostat automatically to save energy, depending on when your household is asleep or away from home.

Homeowners can save as much as 10 percent annually on utility bills by raising or lowering thermostats seven to 10 degrees beyond set points for at least eight hours a day, according to U.S. Department of Energy estimates.

Three Programmable Models

Programmable thermostats offer three different types of scheduling. Choose the one that best suits your household activities.

  • 7-day model: This model allows you to change the schedule every day, and offers the most flexibility. These models usually allow four different temperature periods to be set each day.
  • 5+2 model. With this model, you use one schedule for the week, and a different one for the weekend.
  • 5+1+1 model. This model is designed for those who maintain one schedule throughout the week, and then two different schedules on Saturday and Sunday.

To set the schedules for savings, you choose a set point temperature – say, 70 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. You program those temperatures for mornings, after the home’s occupants get up, and in the evening, when they arrive home. Lower or raise temperatures 7-10 degrees, depending on whether it’s summer or winter, when people are away from home or asleep.

Programming Tips

To enhance your savings, follow these tips with programmable technology:

  • Install the thermostat on an interior wall, away from light or heat sources.
  • Don’t override the programmed settings. Doing so wastes energy.
  • Do you have multiple heating and cooling zones in your home, such as an upstairs and downstairs? Install a programmable thermostat for each zone’s differing conditions.
  • If you’re going away for extended periods, set the hold button for a constant, efficient temperature.

Learn more about how programmable thermostats can help you save by contacting C.R. Wolfe Heating and Air Conditioning. We’ve served the Middletown area since 1945.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Middletown, New York about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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