For many homeowners, the largest energy hog in their home is the HVAC system. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling comprise 48% of energy in most homes. However, if you are trying to reduce these costs, one of the best measures you can take is to install a programmable thermostat. When used correctly, these devices can help you save money on utility bills without sacrificing on comfort.
How to Properly Use Your HVAC’s Programmable Thermostat
When you purchase a programmable thermostat, it should have pre-programmed settings. Typically, the most energy savings can be found by sticking with these settings. However, if you choose to change them, you can still save money by keeping the temperature 7 to 10 degrees warmer or cooler for long periods. This should be done when there is no reason for the HVAC system to be running, such as when you are at work or sleeping.
If you need to adjust the programmed temperature for your family’s comfort while you are home and active, temporarily override the settings using the “hold” feature. When the next program period starts, the programmed settings will turn back on and cancel the override. Just remember that the more you hold the programmed settings, the more you could end up paying on utility bills.
Programmable Thermostat Placement
For your programmable thermostat to work correctly, it should be placed on an interior wall that is out of direct sunlight and away from drafts. You should also avoid placing any furniture or wall decorations around the device as they could block air movement and make it difficult for the thermostat to register the temperature. Finally, the thermostat should also be placed in an area that makes it convenient to program.
If you’re trying to make your HVAC system more energy efficient, contact the team at Tom Hundley Heating & Cooling in Broken Arrow, OK, about installing a programmable thermostat. This full-service company provides heating and conditioning repairs, maintenance, and installation services to homes and businesses across the Tulsa Metro area. To schedule an appointment, call them today at (918) 455-5993. For more information about this company, you can also visit their website.