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Make That Programmable Thermostat Work

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Save money by setting your themostat wisely.You may be wowed by the capabilities of your smartphone, but you can register the same wow factor if you make proper use of programmable thermostat settings.

And, just what are the right settings?

That depends on you. Why keep an air conditioner or furnace running so hard and for so long when it doesn't need to? The prime times to save money on energy costs are when no one's home, as well as overnight. In fact, if you can adjust your thermostat by between 7 and 10 degrees for eight hours straight, you should be able to cut your utility bill by about 10 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Thermostat Options

Most of today's programmable thermostats allow you to choose between four settings:

  • A 7-day setting, so that you can program temperatures for each day of the week separately.
  • A 5-2 setting, so that you can set times and temperatures for weekdays and the weekend.
  • A 5-1-1 setting, so that you can set weekday, Saturday and Sunday temperatures.
  • A one-week setting, so that you can set times and temperatures for one full week at a time.

There's no right way to set your thermostat, but to capitalize on the savings that programmable thermostats offer, your programmable thermostat settings might look something like this during the spring:

  • From 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.: 72 degrees
  • From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 82 degrees
  • From 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.: 72 degrees
  • From 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.: 82 degrees

Programmable thermostats save time and energy, and they're also flexible. You can always override a setting if you want to, and some programmable thermostats can be changed from a distance, via a work computer or smartphone. This feature is particularly ideal for those days that the actual weather conditions don't exactly live up to the forecast.

What to know more about what programmable settings are right for your home, or do you have other home comfort concerns? Contact Texas Air Comfort. We're here to help! 

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