By installing a programmable thermostat on your heating or cooling system, you give yourself better control over when your furnace or air conditioner operates and at what level. With the right thermostat settings, you can save money on your utility bills by deciding ahead of time when to pay to heat or cool your house.
Programmable thermostats have energy-savings set-points, or temperature levels at which the system operates less and uses less fuel, providing savings on your utility bills. These set points reduce how much your heating or cooling system runs when you and your family are away at work or school or are asleep at night. Keep the thermostat at those levels for several hours at a time — at least eight hours, if possible.
Your programmable thermostat allows you to override pre-set temperature levels to temporarily increase a room’s heating or cooling. Apply these overrides sparingly; using them too much increases your energy costs and eliminates the purpose of having a programmable thermostat in the first place.
Do not abruptly crank the programmable thermostat to a very high or very low level, thinking that it will heat or cool your home more quickly; it won’t. A programmable thermostat calculates how long it will take to achieve pre-set temperature levels and starts running in advance to reach those levels by the scheduled time.
If you are going to be away from home for several days, use the thermostat’s “vacation” feature, if your thermostat has that feature. This allows you to set your home’s temperature to be somewhat warmer in summer or cooler in winter during the time you’re away. This saves energy and money by not running your system at its usual comfort levels when you’re not at home to enjoy them. But they can be set to return your home to a comfortable level before you arrive home.
Coffman and Companies serves the greater Denver metro area, including Boulder, Louisville and the Foothills, with trustworthy HVAC services. We are happy to help you with answers to your questions about furnace troubleshooting and repair. Contact us todayor call (303) 366-1112 to schedule an inspection or service call.
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