The Dos and Don’ts of Programmable Thermostats
There are a number of benefits offered by programmable thermostats. Understanding how to use the properly is essential, to use them to their full potential. Some Dos and Don’ts to keep in mind when using this equipment are found here.
DON’T: Set back the temperature for periods less than 6 hours, it will not save energy.
DON’T: During days with extreme outside temperatures (95 or above) turn your thermostat up over 75 while you are away. Your AC unit will not be able to catch up when you return home in the afternoon.
DO: Use the programmable stat to turn up the temp in areas of your house that you are not using at that time, such as bedrooms during the day or the kitchen at night.
DO: Get a programmable stat for a vacation home. Set up a schedule where the stat is set in the mid to low 80s except for one short period a week. Running the temperature down five degrees for three hours will keep the humidity down and keep the air from becoming stale, improving overall indoor air quality. Friday afternoon is a great time to do this – you will have some pre-cooling before you arrive for the weekend.
DO: Turn the stat down as low as you want during the winter. The main goal is to warm the air enough to keep the pipes from freezing.
Newer programmable stats are much easier to use than older models and some have great new features like being Internet accessible. Control your thermostat on your IPhone from anywhere in the world, even your sofa.