Using a programmable thermostat can lead to significant savings on your annual heating and cooling bills. It also saves time. Now, you can turn the task of adjusting household temperatures over to an intelligent thermostat programmed to save energy while maintaining comfort. Manual adjustments are imprecise and usually waste energy. Today’s programmable thermostats actually “learn” to adjust optimum temperatures on a precise schedule, based upon the unique conditions and requirements of your home.
Here are a few guidelines for using a programmable thermostat to make sure you’re getting all the benefits:
Set at least one daily energy-saving program for a long stretch of time, optimally eight hours long, by adjusting the indoor temperature. Ideal times for savings occur at night, when you and your family are asleep, and during the day, when the home is unoccupied.
Any time you need to deviate from a programmed temperature setting, simply choose the “Temporary Override” option instead of erasing the existing setting or reprogramming the unit. When the next programming period arrives, the override will automatically cancel and the thermostat will revert to the normal program.
When you’re going to be out of the house for more than two days, utilize the “Vacation Hold” feature to maintain energy-saving temperature levels. Program the home’s temperature several degrees above normal during summer or below normal during winter to keep the home minimally conditioned and avoid damage from acute temperatures.
If you’ve installed a zoning system in your home, each zone should have its own dedicated programmable thermostat connected to the central zone controller.
Don’t push thermostat settings to extreme lows or highs in order to rapidly cool or heat the house. Many programmable thermostats utilize adaptive intelligent recovery programs that start the heating/cooling equipment in advance of the programmed time for gradual temperature adjustment. These systems rely on a stored memory of daily on/off cycles to calculate the required time to reach temperature settings and are not suited to rapid temperature changes.
At Cooper Climate Control Heating & Air Conditioning, we train for excellence, expect excellence and deliver excellence. Let us prove it to you. Call us with any questions about installing and using a programmable thermostat in your home. Serving Conroe, Montgomery County and surrounding areas, we’re always happy to help.