Whether it’s a hot summer day or the dead of winter, one of the most beneficial things you can do for your wallet is efficiently program your thermostat. So, how exactly does one program their thermostat to save them money while simultaneously regulating the temperature in their home?
Understanding how to properly program your thermostat can be one of the biggest money savers you can employ within your household. A poorly programmed thermostat can not only cause your energy bill to spike but can also cause unnecessary wear and tear on your heating and cooling system.
Here we have broken down the do’s, don’ts, and quick tips to beat the heat (or the cold) and even save some money while you’re at it.
Most people admit to rarely or never programming their thermostat because they’re simply unaware of how to do it. The first step is to make sure you have a programmable system so you can “set it and forget it.”
There are a number of different types of thermostats that are programmable and whichever you have or choose is dependent on which best suits your day to day regimen but can all benefit you differently.
1-week programming – Your heating/cooling preference remains the same every day for the entire week.
5-2 programming – One heating/cooling setting for the weekdays (M-F) and one heating/cooling setting for the weekends (Sat & Sun).
5-1-1 programming – One heating/cooling setting for the weekdays (M-F) and one heating/cooling setting for the weekends (Sat & Sun) but Saturday and Sunday’s settings can differ.
7-day programming – The most flexible option, a different heating/cooling setting for each day of the week. This option is best for families who may have chaotic and differing schedules.
Programming your thermostat can feel a bit overwhelming as every person’s schedule can be unique and ever-changing. The best place to begin is by resetting your thermostat’s factory settings. Most every system comes pre-programmed with a “typical” schedule and can easily be reset following your systems instruction manual.
Next, program your thermostat to coincide with the following program options.
To ensure that you’re being energy efficient and saving the most money possible, we recommend following these guidelines according to season.
In addition to these heating and cooling schedules, here are some quick tips to reach peak efficiency when programming your thermostat. In other words, here are the best tips to “set it and forget it.”
By programming your thermostat, how much are you saving exactly? Well, according to the Energy Information Administration, an estimated 42% of home energy costs go to heating and cooling. Depending on how efficiently your thermostat is programmed, your savings can be anywhere between 10% and 30%. Of course, there are other variables at work including the size of your home, the age of your heating/cooling system, the climate in which you live, the type of programmable thermostat, and the programming schedule you follow.
We hope you’ll consider programming your thermostat to increase efficiency and decrease the money you spend on energy bills each month. By following the tips in this article, we’re confident you’ll be seeing results in no time. If you have any further questions or need assistance, contact our knowledgeable and skilled staff to assist you.