Programmable Thermostats: Not Just for Comfort, They Also Help You Save
In the Gurnee, Ill area’s challenging climate, you need every advantage you can get to keep energy bills under control. Programmable thermostats give you that extra advantage and, if used properly, they can result in measurable energy savings.
By turning the furnace thermostat down 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day, you could lower heating bills by 5 to 15 percent. Raise the A/C thermostat above 72 degrees for eight hours daily and you could knock 1 to 3 percent per degree off your cooling bill.
Of course, it’s easy to forget to adjust the thermostat every day and forgetting too often reduces savings. A programmable thermostat automatically adjusts temperatures according to your chosen schedule so you save every day.
Tips for Maximum Savings
Following a few guidelines will help you get the most from your thermostat.
- Locate the thermostat carefully – For the greatest accuracy, the thermostat should be installed away from direct sunlight, air registers, large appliances and other sources of heat, drafts or humidity.
- Choose economical temperatures – In winter, program the thermostat for around 68 degrees and lower it for the eight hours when you’re in bed or away at work. In summer, try to set the thermostat for no lower than 78 degrees and raise it to around 85 degrees during your eight-hour energy-saving period.
- Save while you’re away – If you leave home for two or more days, use your thermostat’s “vacation” setting to maintain a constant energy-efficient temperature in your home.
- Stick with the settings – Use the “override” function only when unusually hot or cold weather truly warrants it. If you’re frequently tempted to override because you’re too cold or hot, program in more comfortable temperatures.
- Consider zoning – If you have a multi-story home or areas that are hard to heat and cool, HVAC zoning using programmable thermostats can help. Zoning lets you heat and cool parts of your home independently.