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Posted on August 25, 2014
Below we explain how a digital programmable thermostat can save you money and energy. We also give you tips on where to place your thermostat, what temperatures to keep it at seasonally, and how to choose the programmable thermostat best for your home.
Seasonal Temperature Settings
Keep your thermostat at different temperatures in the summer and winter. With a programmable thermostat you can keep your thermostat lower while you're away or asleep, and set at 68°F when you are at home. You can save as much as 1% on your annual heating bill for every degree that you decrease the temperature of your home for a period of eight hours. In the summer keep your home warmer than 78°F except when you are at home.
Keeping a consistent temperature during the summer and winter results in the most savings. In the winter the lower the temperature inside your home, the lower the rate of heat loss. In the summer the higher the temperature inside your home, the slower heat enters your home.
Choosing a Programmable Thermostat
When you choose a programmable thermostat, you have electromechanical, digital or options that combine these technologies from which to select. Digital thermostats are more complicated, while electromechanical systems have bars and pegs and easy programming. Choose which best works for you; if you need more features, like overrides and multiple setback settings, select a digital programmable thermostat.
The location of your programmable thermostat is vital to its successful operation. Find a location where air currents are not blocked by furniture so that the thermostat can read temperatures correctly. Make sure it is on an interior wall away from windows, skylights, doorways, drafts and direct sunlight a well. Read the instructions of the manufacturer before operating your thermostat so that you understand the settings.
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