Tips to Get the Most Energy Savings Out of Your Programmable Thermostat

Tips to Get the Most Energy Savings Out of Your Programmable Thermostat


200-tech_woman_therm_blogStudies indicate that you can gain meaningful savings on heating and cooling costs by properly utilizing a programmable thermostat. Studies also reveal that many homeowners don’t. In one survey, half of all installed programmable thermostats were revealed as operating in the “hold” mode and were not programmed for automatic operation.

A programmable thermostat allows you to automate temperatures that fit your daily household schedule of occupancy and activity. This maintains consistency with your indoor comfort and cost-efficient operation, eliminating any adjustments that cycle HVAC equipment on and off, wasting energy and causing temperature swings.

How to Use Programmable Thermostats Efficiently

To get the best benefits and potential savings of your programmable thermostat, follow these tips for proper operation this season.

  • Maintain your programmed energy-conserving settings for long time periods. Optimal savings are enjoyed when settings stay the same for at least 8 hours. For example, maintain a consistent temperature for the overnight hours while you or your family sleeps and another temperature for long periods during the day when the house stands empty.
  • During summer, place the daily occupied temperature at 78 degrees. For every degree above 78, you can save about 1 percent on cooling costs. For the unoccupied hours, program a temperature approximately 88 degrees. Set the system to go back to a comfortable temperature an hour before you return home and you’ will come back to a cool house.
  • Don’t erase programmed settings to temporarily leave the programmed temperature. All programmable models have an “override” option that allows you to temporarily deviate from the active program and change temperatures up or down. When the next scheduled program comes on, the unit automatically reverts to full programmed operation.
  • Resist the temptation to override programmed settings and turn the thermostat down or up for extreme temperature changes. Acute temperature settings will not cool the house faster nor heat it more rapidly. The A/C or furnace still works at the same rate. Manually overriding, however, can increase the probability that you’ll miss hitting your target temperature, consuming more energy than necessary.

For more information about installing and using a programmable thermostat in your Dayton home, contact the home comfort pros at Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning.

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