Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Money, But You Have to Set Them Properly

July 10, 2014

programmable thermostatIf you’re comparing different programmable thermostats, you have the right idea that these devices save energy and money year round. The upgrade is most beneficial if you’re away from home for extended, predictable periods of time every day. Here’s what you need to know about choosing and using a programmable thermostat correctly.

Comparing Programmable Thermostats

Think about your schedule when choosing the right programmable thermostat for you. The basic three models include:

  • 7-day: This is best if your family’s schedule varies every day of the week, such as if children come home from school at different times depending on the day. If flexible programming seven days a week is important to you, choose this type of programmable thermostat.
  • 5+2-day: With this option, you can only program two different settings; one for weekdays and one for the weekend.
  • 5-1-1: If your schedule is the same Monday through Friday but varies on Saturday and Sunday, this is the type of programmable thermostat you want.

Establishing the Settings

You don’t automatically save money just by upgrading to a programmable thermostat. You must also set it properly. Most programmable thermostats let you create four settings per day. Set a “wake” temperature for the morning, a “day” temperature when the house is empty, an “evening” temperature when relaxing before bed, and a “sleep” temperature for nighttime.

Benefit from Programmable Thermostats

Help your investment be as successful as possible with these tips:

  • Install the new thermostat on an interior wall away from areas that receive direct sunlight, drafts or sharp temperature changes.
  • Set energy-saving setbacks that last at least eight hours at a time.
  • Use the “permanent” or “vacation hold” setting when you’re out of town to avoid heating or cooling a vacant home.
  • Don’t override the pre-programmed settings unless absolutely necessary. Each time you do, you increase what you pay to keep your home comfortable.
  • Change the batteries annually in units that run on batteries (some are connected to your HVAC system’s electrical supply). Some units alert you when the batteries are losing power.

For more tips on using programmable thermostats to the fullest, please contact us at Keith Air Conditioning, Inc., proudly serving Mobile and Baldwin County since 1964.