A programmable thermostat is a must-have tool in an energy-efficient home for controlling the heating and cooling system. When properly used, these thermostats reduce the amount of energy your household uses for heating and cooling while maintaining or improving your comfort level. Keep the following tips in mind to get the best results from your programmable thermostat.
Use the settings for savings
Use your programmable thermostat’s “set-points” to run your heating or cooling system at a reduced level when no one is home or when everyone is asleep.
For example, the programmable thermostat can be set to start your furnace to warm the house before your family begins its morning routine, so you wake up to a cozy home, and then return to a cooler level for an eight-hour stretch after everyone leaves. In the evening, the thermostat can have the furnace warm up the house before everyone returns from work or school. The temperature is again reduced after everyone has bedded down. In the morning, the cycle starts again.
Using set-point cycles keeps your home comfortable while saving energy. Set-points can be adjusted or overridden as needed to accommodate your family’s schedule.
Avoid incorrect readings
Install your programmable thermostat in a location where it can give accurate readings of room temperature. False, “ghost” readings can occur if the thermostat is placed in areas where it can be directly warmed or cooled. If the thermostat is warmed by exposure to direct sunlight, for example, the temperature reading will not accurately reflect the room’s actual temperature. The thermostat may then tell your heating or cooling equipment to cycle on when it’s not needed or leave it off when it is.
Keep programmable thermostats out of drafts and direct sunlight and away from doorways, skylights, windows and other sources of extra heat or coldness.
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