As people transition their homes from heating to cooling, many dread the high costs that can come with summer air conditioning bills. It does not have to be this way, however — programmable thermostats can help reduce monthly energy bills by a considerable amount. It is important that programmable thermostats are used correctly, however, because with the right programming and settings, homeowners will realize the maximum benefits.
- Invest in a quality programmable thermostat
If you do not own a programmable thermostat now, consider purchasing one before the cooling season really begins. This way, you can take the most advantage of the advanced and efficient technology now available. Look for a model that is Energy Star-certified. These thermostats allow you to program for different intervals throughout the day and offer different options for weekly or daily programs. This versatility is the key to maximizing your savings.
- Talk to your heating and cooling company
One of the best ways to learn how to use your new programmable thermostat is to "test drive" it with your heating and cooling contractor’s assistance. You will also definitely want to read the owner's manual that came with your device. When you're familiar with its features, you'll be better equipped to use your thermostat correctly.
- Use the right settings at the right time
Set your thermostat to adjust to a higher temperature while you’re at work or asleep. Raising your thermostat during these times will give you the greatest reduction in energy usage, which will be reflected in lower utility costs.
These are just a few tips to help you with programming your thermostat. Your local heating and cooling contractor can help you further understand what types of settings and programs will help you find the perfect balance between energy savings and comfort at home.
If you would like to learn more about today's advanced programmable thermostats or need help programming your own, contact Greenwood Heating & Air at (206) 784-1818. We can help you find the right model for your home and assist you in learning how to use it.