At times we may wonder: why use programmable thermostats?
They save money through temperature settings and time when we forget to turn our thermostat down before leaving.
The thermostats work by simply programming the temperature we want for any given time of day.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners can save money by using a programmable thermostat, resetting it for times when away or asleep.
Because a person using such a thermostat can adjust timing of the heating according to a pre-set schedule, comfort isn’t sacrificed.
A programmable thermostat can repeat and store multiple settings daily (up to six) and can override without affecting the remainder of the weekly or daily program.
How Programmable Thermostats Save You Money
By adjusting the thermostat for 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours, a user can save 5% to 15% annually on his heating bill.
The savings are greater in mild climates than in severe climates.
According to Consumer Reports, programmable thermostats can save money, if they are set correctly.
They can actually cost more money if not used correctly.
If we want to decide which one of the three kinds is best for our needs, we need to consider our schedule and determine how often we are away from home for an extended period.
According to the government’s Energy Star program, these are the things to consider:
- 7-day models are best for those whose schedule changes daily. They are flexible and allow users to set a different program daily while choosing up to four temperature periods daily.
- 5+2-day models allow users to keep the same settings on weekdays, while picking a different one for the weekend.
- 5-1-1 models work best for those who have a consistent schedule Monday through Friday but different schedules on weekend days.
How Much Can I Save?
An individual user can determine what setting is best for a household.
Consumer Reports has found that on average, each degree a thermostat is raised in the summer or lowered in the winter saves two percent on the energy bill.
There are simple things we can do to lower our energy bills when using a programmable thermostat, such as:
- Installing the thermostat away from heating or cooling vents or registers, heat-generating appliances or electronics, open doorways, and direct sunlight.
- When programming the thermostat, keep it set at a constant temperature for long periods, such as eight hours at night or while at work.
Sears Heating and Cooling has provided quality heating and cooling service, including repairs and installation, to the greater Columbus, Ohio, area for more than 60 years.
We believe in excellence and hold to that standard. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the installation, use or price of a programmable thermostat.