Summer HVAC Maintenance: Smart Thermostat Settings
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If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to set your programmable thermostat with your summer temperature cooling schedules. Taking a little time now to pre-program your setbacks will allow your thermostat to effortlessly adjust comfort levels in the home as needed all season long.
About Programmable Thermostats
If you don’t already have one, upgrading to a programmable model can be done cost-effectively, and will make a huge difference in your home HVAC energy consumption, when used properly. When used correctly, a programmable thermostat could save you approximately $180 each year, according to ENERGY STAR.
There are many options available when purchasing a programmable thermostat, but you’ll have 3 basic scheduling capabilities to choose from: 7-day, 5+2 day, and 5-1-1 day. These options reference the ability to set different programs every day, for the weekdays versus weekend days, or for the weekdays, Saturday, and Sunday. Most programmable models, regardless of type, allow for 4 temperature adjustments each day – lets learn how to set them optimally.
HVAC Maintenance: Programming Your Thermostat
For many households, this is what a typical schedule will look like.
- Your first temperature adjustment of the day will be in the morning, when the household starts waking up. Program temperatures to adjust about 15 minutes before you wake up for optimal efficiency and comfort.
- When the home will be vacated for the day, set temperatures to rise 10 to 15 degrees. Doing so for periods of 8 hours or more can save you 1 percent in energy costs for every degree you set your stat back.
- About 15 minutes before you’re due home, set the thermostat to return indoor temperatures to your preferred occupied settings.
- When you go to sleep is another perfect time to set temperatures back as much as you’re comfortable. About 15 minutes after bedtime, set temperatures to rise.