Many HVAC contractors recommend the use of programmable thermostats for various reasons. Having a programmable thermostat enables you to adjust your air conditioner setting throughout the day to allow for a balance of comfort while you are home, and energy savings while you are away.
Types of Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats come in a few different models. The 5-1-1 day model allows you to create a weekday program as well as a separate Saturday program and Sunday program. The 5-2 day model has a weekday program and a weekend program, same for both Saturday and Sunday. The last type is the 7 day model, which allows you to set a different program for each day of the week.
Tips for Use and Optimal Savings
When installing a programmable thermostat, it’s important to keep it away from direct sunlight or ventilation registers. This ensures that it will have the proper ambient temperature. It’s also important to avoid overriding the set temperature. Programmable thermostats only help to keep your energy bills low if you adhere to the set program.
On the other hand, if you are going to be on vacation or away from home for a few days, be sure to set the temperature up or down and use the HOLD setting. For summer months, setting the temperature at 85 degrees or above will keep your energy usage at a minimum. During the winter, a setting of 60 degrees for your heating system will keep your home warm enough to avoid any potential issues, but will also keep your energy bills low while you’re away.
Many programmable thermostats run on batteries. Be sure to figure out which batteries your thermostat uses, if any, and have them on hand in case the battery runs out. It’s recommended that you change the batteries in your programmable thermostat at least once a year, unless your unit has a low battery indicator on it.
For more information about programmable thermostats and using one to keep your energy bills low, contact the experts at Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve proudly been serving Northbrook and the surrounding communities for more than 30 years.
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