As the chilly Amarillo winter moves in, resetting your programmable thermostat helps ensure both cozy temperatures at home and low heating bills. To enjoy these benefits, though, you’ll need to follow a few best practices.
Getting the Most from Your Thermostat
Change your thermostat’s batteries at least once a year. Weak batteries can cause malfunctions that prevent the device from maintaining your desired temperatures.
If you leave home for two or more days, use the “hold” or “vacation” setting to set a single, energy-saving temperature temporarily. With the “override” option, you can select different settings to get you through a brief cold snap. Avoid using this option regularly, though, because overuse will negate the benefits of setting energy-saving temperatures.
Efficiency and Comfort All Day
Every degree you set your thermostat below 68 degrees for 8 hours a day can lower your heating bills. While you’re at work or in bed are ideal times to set lower, energy-saving temperatures.
The typical programmable thermostat lets you choose four different time periods per day. On weekdays, your four time periods might look something like this:
- Morning – Select 68 degrees or another comfortable temperature for the time you get up and get ready for your day.
- Daytime – If you’re out of the house all day, save energy by reducing the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees for this period.
- Evening – Choose a temperature that will be comfortable for when you arrive home and enjoy your evening. If you get home around 6 p.m., you might choose 68 degrees for the period between 6 p.m. and bedtime.
- Overnight – Because you’ll be snuggled up warmly in bed during this time period, you can reduce your thermostat temperature to save energy with no loss of comfort.
If your thermostat lets you choose different temperature schedules on weekend days, you can save by selecting lower thermostat temperatures for the times when you’re out running errands or visiting friends.
For more tips on using your programmable thermostat for energy savings, get in touch with us at Amarillo Air Conditioning anywhere in the Amarillo area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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