Think about this- if a television can be programmed to record our favorite TV shows, then why can’t a thermostat be programmed to set different desired temperatures at different times of the day in our homes?
In any case, the good news is that it’s possible to program our thermostats, because that’s the exact function of a programmable thermostat, which is also referred to as setback thermostats. These devices allows for regulation of the temperature of our homes based on our needs; hence, lowering the overall consumption of energy used in your house and increasing the energy efficiency.
Here are some known advantages of installing a setback/programmable thermostat:
- You get to save about 10% on your heating and cooling bills annually when you program your thermostat back to 10°–15° F 8 hours daily.
- Endeavor to maintain peak home comfort levels by programming your thermostat to heat or cool your home before you or your family gets home.
- Sleep in a comfortable and cool environment but wake up to a warm house!
A fact which is little known by people is that the more you lower your interior temperature, the slower it takes for heat loss to occur. Thus, the more you maintain a lower indoor temperature, the more saved energy you get. An increased indoor temperature in the summer season actually delays the convenient flow of heat into your living space, and this result in more savings on your air conditioning bill.
You can get to save energy during winter when you programming the thermostat to 68° F. Set the thermostat lower when you are asleep or away from home as to increase savings.
Energy is saved in the summer period by setting your temperature at 78° F. You should set it higher when you are away as it maximizes savings also.
If you choose to spend some money on a programmable thermostat, you should take into consideration your daily pattern of life when you are programming your thermostat. For instance, if you are the type that desires cooler temperatures when asleep, your thermostat should be programmed to begin to cool the house before you are off to bed, if you don’t do that, you’ll hardly notice the outcome. Ensure you adjust the temperature for you and your family’s schedules; if you are sure there won’t be anyone in the house during specific times of the day, you should program the thermostat properly to gain from this opportunity.
You can pick between two types of programmable thermostats, i.e. digital and electromechanical thermostats. The digital models have more features like the multiple setback options and daylight savings settings, though they can be a tad more complicated to operate than the electrochemical models. Contrary to this, the electromechanical models that work with sliding bars or pegs are simple to set but they usually offer limited options to users. Choice of thermostat type entirely depends upon the specific needs of the user.