Get the Most Out of Your Programmable Thermostat This Fall
As the weather begins to cool this fall, you are probably thinking about your energy bill again. It is important that your home be comfortable but you also want to save on your heating costs. And with rising energy costs, running your heating system efficiently can help to keep these expenses under control. Properly using a programmable thermostat can help you with your energy costs as well as help maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Setting your thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to turn down your heating system during the day when you are away from home and schedule it to begin warming again before you return. Most experts recommend setting your thermostat to around 68 degrees during cooler months.
Some systems allow you to set your thermostat for 5 days, and another setting for 2 days allowing you to have one temperature setting during the week and a separate setting during the weekend. These options can help you from having to constantly adjust your systems to accommodate different schedules throughout week.
Allow the home to cool
Setting your thermostat to allow your home to cool off by 10 to 15 degrees while you are asleep or away for the day can allow you to save between 10-20% on your energy costs. These temperature changes will go mostly unnoticed since your programmable thermostat will be scheduled to begin warming again before you wake or arrive home.
There is a common misunderstanding that it costs more to reheat your home than is does to maintain the same temperature all day. This can actually cost you more in energy expenses and can lead to additional repairs and maintenance.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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