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Tips for Getting the Most Energy Savings From Your Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat gives you the power to establish consistent temperature changeovers for energy savings and carefree comfort. By programming temperatures to serve your lifestyle, you can maximize the function of that simple device.

Programming Tips

With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to remember to turn the temperature up or down when you leave for the day, arrive home, go to bed and wake up. Instead, program temperature changeover times to take place about 10 minutes before each event change.

For maximum energy savings, set your comfort temperature to 78 degrees during the cooling months and 68 degrees during the heating months. Turn up/down the temperature 10 to 15 degrees when away from home and four to eight degrees during sleep time.

“Hold” Off and Save

Programmable thermostats include a “hold” button, which temporarily overrides the current program. The thermostat will stay at your new temperature setpoint until the next program setting kicks in. If you’re using the “hold” feature too much, adjust your programs to better serve your preferences. It pays to save a little energy rather than lose a lot.

System Alerts

Keep an eye on system alerts. Most programmable thermostats will alert you when it’s time to change the air filter or when there’s a system malfunction. If the display says something like “filter change,” do it right away. A clogged air filter can increase cooling and heating energy consumption by up to 15 percent.

System malfunctions may be accompanied with a reference number to identify the problem. Keep your thermostat’s user manual handy so you can quickly look up troubleshooting information.

HVAC Compatibility

Many homeowners in the San Diego and San Marcos areas use a heat pump for heating and cooling. If you do, make sure your programmable thermostat is designed for a heat pump, otherwise expensive electric resistance heating will turn on following a turn-back period.

For more programmable thermostat tips or tips to reduce energy costs, contact us at Sherlock Plumbing, Heating & Air, Inc. We serve residents of the San Diego, San Marcos and Vista areas.