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If You Don’t Use Your Thermostat Correctly, You Aren’t Saving

Do you continually wish you had just a little more wiggle room in your household budget? A high utility bill can definitely make it difficult to find the funds for fun family activities like pizza night or the movies, but your thermostat may be one key to expanding your options. Knowing how to use a programmable thermostat is essential for realizing related utility savings.

Types of Programmable Thermostats

If you already have a programmable unit, you can inspect it to determine what type of programming is available. One of the most common options is the 5-2 model, a unit that allows separate programming for weekdays and weekends. Additional options include:

  • 5-1-1 – a unit that allows different programming for Saturdays and Sundays
  • All days the same – one set of programming data for all days of the week
  • All days different – independent data for each day of the week

Your thermostat will provide the greatest benefits if it closely reflects your typical week. If your weekday activities are consistent but different from your weekend schedule, a 5-2 or 5-1-1 unit is ideal. If your weekdays are varied, a unit with all days independently programmed may be better. If weekends aren’t much different from weekdays, a unit with all days the same is better.

Getting the Most Value from Your Thermostat

The benefits of a programmable thermostat are maximized as you implement changes to reflect your daily activities and comfort needs. If you are out of the house for extended periods, for example, the summer AC settings can be raised for that time. Evening settings may need to drop to cool your home as people return from a day of school, work or recreation at local parks, golf courses or fishing spots. Energy experts recommend the following adjustments:

  • Waking setting – choose a comfortable temperature for the beginning of the day.
  • Daytime – based on the season, adjust down 8 degrees or up 7 degrees for daytime comfort control while you are out of the house. This maintains a moderate temperature without wasting energy.
  • Evening – return to waking setting as household members return from the day’s activities.
  • Night – adjust down 8 degrees or up 4 degrees based on the season and household preferences.

An 8-degree change that is consistently maintained for an 8-hour period each day could result in approximately 8 percent in energy savings. Combined with other savings strategies, these financial benefits of a programmable thermostat could provide the funds needed to get out and enjoy more of the recreational highlights of Rock Hill SC. The professionals at Melton Heating & Air Conditioning will be happy to assist with an energy audit if you are interested in even more targeted information about trimming your home comfort costs. Call our office for more information.