Programmable thermostats can help the average homeowner save on heating and cooling costs by as much as 10 percent, but during the summertime it’s tempting to simply forgo the actual “programming” part and keep your home cool constantly. This obviously defeats the purpose of installing an energy-efficient thermostat, so be sure to get the most out of your investment with these summer cooling tips for programmable thermostats:
Choosing a Thermostat
- Different households run on different schedules, so shop around for one that best suits your needs. Programmable thermostats are generally available in three configurations: 7-day, 5+2-day, and 5-1-1. As the names suggest, 7-day models offer customization options for every day of the week, while the latter two offer different settings for the weekends.
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- Ideally, a programmable thermostat should be installed away from places where the temperature is inconstant, such as near heating/cooling vents, heat-generating appliances, open doorways/windows, and direct sunlight. A certified HVAC professional can install it without compromising the electrical safety of the rest of your home.
style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 13px;">Using It Effectively
- You can’t expect significant energy savings unless you use programmable thermostat properly. Most thermostats come with four pre-programmed settings and an override feature to make your life a little simpler, and taking the time to tailor the settings to your needs will pay dividends in the long run. Remember, every time you override your own settings, you’re only taking money out of your pocket. On average, you can save two percent on your energy bill for every degree you turn up the thermostat in the summer.
Aladdin Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help you keep your home cool and get the most out of your HVAC equipment. We provide award-winning HVAC services throughout Ventura County, San Fernando Valley, and Santa Clarita Valley. Just visit us online for the latest cost-saving tips, or call (805) 273-4320 today to schedule service.