Your Programmable Thermostat Guide

by OnTime Home Services on July 29, 2013

ThermostatProgramming your thermostat is a quick, effortless and simple way to reap a significant amount of savings all year long. Even if you do not already have a thermostat installed, a thermostat installation will pay for itself in just a couple of months of proper use. To help you understand how to get the most out of your programmable thermostat, our Temecula air conditioner company has created this easy to follow thermostat guide.

Programming Your Thermostat for Optimal Energy Savings

To receive the most benefits from a programmable thermostat, use the scheduling options. Many thermostats have multiple schedules, including four different times of the day: night, wake, day and evening; and schedules that can change daily or just between weekdays and weekends. For every 8 degrees higher the thermostat is set in the summer for an 8-hour duration of time, your energy bill can decrease by about 1 percent.

  • Daytime hours while away from home: set the thermostat 8 degrees higher than you set it while at home.

  • Nighttime hours while at home: Set the thermostat for 4 degrees higher than your preferred daytime at home temperature.

  • In the winter months, set the thermostat to be 6 to 8 degrees lower overnight and while away during the day.

  • When taking a vacation in the summer, set the thermostat to 8 degrees higher than your usual daytime at home temperature.

How Programming the Thermostat Benefits the Air Conditioner

During the summer, when the thermostat is set higher, the air conditioner doesn’t have to cycle as frequently. As a result, it will be less likely to need an air conditioner repair. The less wear and tear on the system, the longer it will last. Using the thermostat’s scheduling options could extend the lifespan of your cooling system by several years, saving you thousands on the cost of replacement.

Regular air conditioner maintenance is another way to enjoy lower summer utility costs. By using the functions of the thermostat, you can still enjoy the same level of comfort that you are used to while at the same time saving a significant amount of money on your summertime cooling costs. To schedule service or installation of a thermostat, call us at On Time Home Services Heating & Air Conditioning of Temecula at (949) 649-8777.