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How To Use Your Programmable Thermostat For Maximum Savings

Last updated 4 years ago

By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor,

A few minutes spent learning how to use your programmable thermostat pays off in large energy savings. Turning your thermostat back at certain times of the day can result in meaningful reductions in energy consumption. So can maintaining different thermostat schedules for workdays versus weekends when there are more occupants at home. 

A programmable thermostat makes all those thermostat adjustments for you — just in case you’ve got better things to do. The results can help you save a significant amount of energy dollars for the heating/cooling component of your utility bills. It can also even out temperatures in the home for greater comfort, have the house already cooled for you when you come home from a hard day and maintain safe temperature levels when you’re on vacation.

Here are a few guidelines for how to use your programmable thermostat for maximum savings and comfort:

  1. Utilize the thermostat’s pre-programmed energy-saving settings for lengthy time spans like overnight or when the house is unoccupied during the day. The fewer programming changes during these times, the better for consistent temperatures and reduced on/off cycles of the heating/cooling equipment.
  2. Instead of erasing settings, to deviate briefly from the temperature program select the "temporary override" option on the thermostat. The override will be automatically canceled at the next programming period. But use it sparingly, as frequent use will override your savings potential.
  3. Use the "vacation/hold" feature if you’re going to be out of the house for more than two days. Program settings to keep the temperature several degrees above normal during summer and warm enough to prevent damage from freezing during winter.
  4. Avoid making extreme manual temperature adjustments to quickly cool a warm house or heat a cold one. Technology in many programmable thermostats is designed to start the furnace or A/C well in advance of the programmed time and perform a very gradual, energy-saving cool down or warm up. 
  5. If the house has a zoning system installed, one dedicated programmable thermostat should be installed in each zone.

In the areas surrounding the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling provides experienced sales and service expertise. Give us a call for more advice on how to use your programmable thermostat.

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