Programmable Thermostats – The Ongoing Debate

Programmable Thermostats – The Ongoing Debate.

We’ve heard it often – get a programmable thermostat and for every degree down you’ll save 1% on your fuel bill. Technology is great – if you use it. If you have a programmable thermostat you need to go beyond the days and temperatures to take full advantage of any savings. It’s also a battle of comfort. There are days when 67 degrees just feel downright cold when its 15 below outside and other days you feel it’s too warm. We’ve all been there. Using multiple times for temperatures will keep you comfortable when you’re home and the cooler temperatures while you’re away or sleeping.

Here are a few tips to help you out.

1.       Make sure your thermostat is located out of the sun, far enough away from a heat source; i.e. a lamp, and located on the level of your house you spend most of your time.

2.       Keep your house coolest during the hours you are sleeping in winter and warmer in the summer. If you go to bed at 10pm you should schedule your thermostat to a cooler temperature at 10:30pm or 11:00, after you’ve fallen asleep.

3.       If you wake at 6am set your thermostat to warmer at 5:30am so when you step out the shower you’re not freezing. Set the thermostat to lower the temperature again while you’re at work and to warm up by the time you arrive home.

4.       On the weekends set a time and temperature that fits your lifestyle. If you sleep in and go to bed a little later give yourself that schedule and leave the temperature at your comfort level during your waking time. Adjusting the temperature using the HOLD button on most models only holds that temperature for a period of a few hours.

5.       Understand that temperature is variable to what your activity level is. When you’re sitting and watching TV after the sun goes down will feel colder than when the sun was streaming through your picture window.

6.       Not all programmable thermostats are alike. C&C HVAC carries a variety of stats to fit your lifestyle.

If you’re interested in reading a recent study regarding energy savings using programmable thermostats please click on the link below.

Link to article http://www.docstoc.com/docs/19842263/Programmable-Thermostats-as-Means-of-Generating-Energy-Savings

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