What Are the Average Savings After Installing a Programmable Thermostat?

You have likely heard that installing a programmable thermostat can bring down your heating and cooling costs. While this is indeed true, you don’t automatically save just by swapping out your old manual thermostat for a programmable one. To make the most of your savings, you must select, set up and use a programmable thermostat properly.

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

How to Find a Programmable Thermostat

As you compare thermostats, confirm the compatibility with your other equipment. For instance, radiant floor heating might call for a different type of thermostat than one designed for forced-air heating and cooling.

Then, assess the scheduling options. Most programmable thermostats have four daily programs—Wake, Leave, Home and Sleep, or something similar. Various models offer varied levels of control throughout the week. Here are the four primary options:

    • 7-day programming allows a different schedule each day. This is best if your family’s schedule changes daily.
    • 5-1-1 programming offers a weekday schedule and separate Saturday/Sunday schedules. This is better 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 sticks to one schedule for every day of the week.

How to Set Up a Programmable Thermostat

The capability to program setback periods while you’re gone or sleeping makes it simpler to save energy with a programmable thermostat. Establish the settings you want at the beginning of the season. While you can choose the times and temperatures that are best for your family’s preferences, here’s how a typical weekday schedule might work:

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

Getting Maximum Savings from a Programmable Thermostat

The best part about a programmable thermostat is that you can save energy without sacrificing comfort. Try these tips to get the most from your upgrade:

    • Avoid overriding programmed settings: You can always override the current temperature if you are uncomfortable. Although, your energy usage will increase if you constantly change the settings. Add an extra layer in the winter or grab a fan in the summer before changing the thermostat.
    • Use the correct hold feature: All programmable thermostats enable temporary overrides without deleting the existing setting. This is known as the “temporary hold,” which only lasts until the next programmed time. The “permanent/vacation hold” is for when you leave town. This overrides the settings indefinitely. The thermostat won’t go back to your regular schedule until you manually remove the hold.
    • Don’t make large temperature changes: When you must override a setting, change the thermostat by just a degree or two. You should feel more comfortable after making this small adjustment while avoiding the energy waste of turning the temperature way up or down.
    • Replace the batteries: Most programmable thermostats run on batteries to prevent the settings from being deleted after a power outage. Make a habit of changing the batteries once a year at a time you can easily remember, such as 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, call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts for help selecting and installing a programmable thermostat. We can also share more info about Wi-Fi programmable thermostats, which come with 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 Winnipeg Supply Service Experts office today.

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