The rising cost of energy can take a toll on your wallet, with close to 50 percent of your energy bills going towards heating and cooling your Amarillo home. One of the easiest ways to reduce spending is through the installation and use of a programmable thermostat. Here are some tips on buying and setting your thermostat to maximize savings.
Select your programmable thermostat based on your family’s lifestyle:
- 7 day – Offering the greatest flexibility, this model allows you to program a different heating or cooling schedule for each day of the week.
- 5 + 1 + 1 day – If you have a consistent schedule Monday through Friday, a second on Saturday and a third on Sunday, this model is for you.
- 5 + 2 day – This model is deal for family’s with two distinct agendas: one during the week and another on weekends.
Also, be sure to choose a thermostat that is compatible with your particular type of HVAC equipment.
How To Set Your Programmable Thermostat
While most models have an optional pre-programmed schedule, you’ll need to customize it to suit your own particular needs according to the times you leave, arrive, awaken and sleep. Next, you’ll need to adjust your settings according to season:
- Cooling season – Choose a set-point you are comfortable with for times you are home and several degrees higher for times when you’re away. Allow your cooling system time to bring your home back to your desired set-point, so you can arrive to comfort.
- Heating season – While you’re home, set the thermostat for your comfort and lower it for the remaining time.
Additional tip: Use the “hold” or “vacation” option set at a consistent, energy-saving temperature when you’re away for 48 hours or more.
To learn more about the benefits of a programmable thermostat, call the experts at Amarillo Air Conditioning. Since 1960, we’ve been proud to serve homeowners in Amarillo and the surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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