What Are the Average Savings After Installing a Programmable Thermostat?

You have most likely heard that having a programmable thermostat can reduce your heating and cooling costs. While this is genuinely true, you don’t immediately save just by swapping out your old manual thermostat for a programmable one. To maximize your savings, you must select, set up and use a programmable thermostat to the fullest. 

As stated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), homeowners can save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs if you use a programmable thermostat to automatically set back the temperature 7 to 10 degrees from its normal setting for eight hours each day. For the ordinary home, this amounts to around $180 per year. Try these programmable thermostat tips to save the most on your heating and cooling bill. 

How to Shop for a Programmable Thermostat 

As you compare thermostats, verify the compatibility with your other equipment. As an example, radiant floor heating might call for a different type of thermostat than one created for forced-air heating and cooling. 

Then, evaluate the scheduling functionality. Most programmable thermostats have four daily programs—Wake, Leave, Home and Sleep, or something close. Various models offer dynamic levels of control all through the week. Here are the four primary options: 

  • 7-day programming allows a different schedule each day. This is perfect if your family’s schedule changes daily. 
  • 5-1-1 programming generates a weekday schedule and separate Saturday/Sunday schedules. This is best if your routine is about the same Monday through Friday but different on Saturday and Sunday. 
  • 5-2 programming lets you set separate weekday and weekend schedules. 
  • 1-week programming creates one schedule for the whole week. 

How to Set Up a Programmable Thermostat 

The capability to set up setback periods while you’re away or sleeping makes it easier to save energy with a programmable thermostat. Finalize the settings you want at the beginning of the season. While you can determine the times and temperatures that are best for your family’s needs, here’s how an ordinary weekday schedule might work: 

  • Wake at 7:00 am: The thermostat provides a comfortable temperature in time for you to get out of bed. The DOE suggests 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. 
  • Leave at 8:00 am: Program the thermostat to set the temperature back 10 degrees around 30 minutes before leaving for work. This setting should be around 58 degrees in the winter and 88 degrees in the summer. 
  • Home at 5:30 pm: The automatic recovery function provides a comfortable temperature before you get home from work. This setting should be about 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees during the summer. 
  • Sleep at 10:30 pm: Program the thermostat to the nighttime temperature about 30 minutes before bed. This nighttime setting should be set to 65 degrees in the winter and 80 degrees through the summer. 

Getting Maximum Savings from a Programmable Thermostat 

The best benefit of a programmable thermostat is that you can save energy without losing out on comfort. Follow these tips to get the most from your upgrade: 

  • Don’t override programmed settings: You can always override the set temperature if you are really uncomfortable. Although, your energy usage will go up if you regularly change the settings. Don an extra layer in the winter or turn on a fan in the summer before adjusting the thermostat. 
  • Use the correct hold feature: All programmable thermostats enable temporary overrides without deleting the existing setting. This is referred to as a “temporary hold,” which only persists until the next programmed time. The “permanent/vacation hold” is for when you leave for longer periods. This overrides the settings indefinitely. The thermostat won’t go back to your regular schedule until you personally remove the hold. 
  • Don’t make steep temperature changes: When you must override a setting, adjust the thermostat by just a degree or two. You should feel more comfortable after making this slight adjustment while avoiding the energy waste of adjusting the temperature way up or down. 
  • Change the batteries: Most programmable thermostats use batteries to prevent the settings from being deleted during a power outage. Make a habit of replacing the batteries once a year at a time you can easily remember, like the new year or when the kids go back to school in the fall. 

Start Saving by Installing a Programmable Thermostat 

If you want to set it and forget it, choose Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for help selecting and installing a programmable thermostat. We can also tell you about Wi-Fi programmable thermostats, which offer even more benefits thanks to remote temperature control, learning capabilities, motion sensors, auto-generated energy reports and more. For more details or to request a free thermostat assessment, please call your local Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing office today. 

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