More homeowners are switching to programmable thermostats due to their energy-saving benefits. However, most of these homeowners don’t use the devices to their full potential. Here are some tips for maximizing a programmable thermostat in Austin, TX:
Choose the Right Device for Your Home
Programmable thermostats come with different programming schedules to help you save energy and enjoy more comfort. Buy a programmable thermostat that works with your schedule.
A 7-day programming option is the best fit for you if you have an erratic schedule. This is because it allows you to create a heating or cooling schedule for each day of the week.
A 5-1-1 programming option allows you to set a heating or cooling plan for five weekdays and separate plans for Saturday and Sunday. A 5-2 programming option allows you to have one plan for weekdays and another for weekends. A 1-week programming plan allows you to have only one heating or cooling plan for the entire week.
We sell NEST programmable thermostats that allow you to set multiple schedules you can control from your phone. This thermostat issues safety alerts for clogged filters, abnormal furnace cycling as well as when the temperature exceeds your allowable maximum low and high temperatures settings.
Adopt Settings That Allow You to Save Energy
Ideally, it’s not wise to continue heating your home when no one is around. If you’re usually away for more than eight hours daily, you can set the device back by seven to ten degrees from your usual setting. This can help you save up to 10% of heating costs.
Choose an Ideal Thermostat Location
Thermostats detect your home’s temperature and signal the heating system to regulate these temperatures. Therefore, if you place the device in areas with different temperatures from the rest of your home, it may give inaccurate instructions to your heating or cooling system.
Areas to avoid include those near windows and doors, the kitchen and heating appliances. You should install the device in a room where your family spends the most time.
Our staff of professional service technicians is here to help you. Contact Woods Comfort Systems for professional HVAC and thermostat services this winter.
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