The average American household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy costs. About half of that number comes from heating and cooling costs. Luckily, a programmable thermostat can help you cut down these costs. This technology maximizes the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. Consider these helpful heating and cooling tips to use with a programmable thermostat:
1. Consider Your Family’s Schedule
Your heater or cooler doesn’t need to be running if no one is in the house. Set your thermostat to turn off or maintain a different temperature when nobody is home, like during work or school days. These are known as your energy savings set points, usually lasting eight hours or more.
2. Learn the Temperature Holding Options
A programmable thermostat often has a few holding options you can activate to suit your needs. The permanent hold can be used to program your home’s everyday temperatures, maintaining the appropriate temperatures when people are and aren’t in the house. The temporary function can by used when you want to make small changes without altering the permanent programming. If you’re going out of town on vacation, use the vacation hold feature.
3. Maintain a Reasonable Temperature
If you come home at a time that you’re not usually home, don’t temporarily raise or lower your thermostat to extreme temperatures. This actually won’t heat or cool your home any faster. The best thing to do is set it to the desired temperature and wait for the system to reach that setting.
To have a programmable thermostat installed or to schedule air conditioning service to improve energy efficiency, contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland. Our staff of leading industry experts has offered superior, reliable service to all our customers for more than 40 years. Call us at (410) 698-6465 for more information.