Owning a thermostat is not enough to save energy. Using it the right way is equally important. Most newbies are unaware of the proper usage of thermostats and fail to benefit from their various features.
To make the thermostat save energy, beginners need to know some basic facts about running a programmable thermostat.
Here’s our guide to programmable thermostats for the newbie:
- You cannot buy just any thermostat based on its looks or features (that comes later). The first thing you need to do is make sure it is compatible with your central heating and air conditioning system.
- Programmable, electronic, and manual are different names of the same kind of thermostat.
- Make sure you read the manual, which is provided with the thermostat, word by word. It will get you on the right track immediately.
- Never use the override feature in your thermostat, and avoid it as much as you can. Thermostats are made to control the temperature of your HVAC system. The override feature defeats that purpose and reduces energy savings.
- The most recommended thermostat setting is:
- WINTER: 68 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT WHEN YOU’RE AT HOME AND 5-8DEGREES LOWER WHEN YOU ARE AWAY.
- SUMMER: 68 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT WHEN YOU’RE AT HOME AND 5-8 DEGREES HIGHER WHEN YOU ARE AWAY.
- Never ignore changing the temperature of your HVAC system when you are away. Even if it is for 2 hours. This is the time when the thermostat cuts back on the energy bills.
- Make use of the scheduling feature you have in your thermostat. Set the temperature and time once, and the thermostat will take care of it every day.
- If you want to change the temperature during the day, schedule the change a little ahead of time. For instance, if you go to bed at 10:00 every day and sleep more comfortably in a slightly cooler room, then schedule the change in temperature 15 minutes before you sleep.
- When going on vacations, use the vacation feature instead of turning the entire system off. Recommended temperature includes 55 degrees Fahrenheit during winter and 85 degrees Fahrenheit during summer.
Most of the time, the heating and cooling problems in your house could result from improper usage of the thermostat. Make sure you follow the tips mentioned above to use the thermostat to its best potential.