Many homeowners have heard that one of the best ways to save money on heating and cooling costs throughout the year is to invest in an automated thermostat. An automated, or programmable, thermostat gives the homeowner better control over the temperature of the indoor environment, but it is important to understand that simply having this device in your home will not save you money. You have to use it properly to save money.
How an Automated Thermostat Saves Money
There are times in the day when you may not need your home quite as comfortable as others. For example, when you are away from home for long hours while working during the day, you may be perfectly fine with the temperature in the home being higher or lower than desired. Some people will remember to adjust their thermostat before they leave, but an automated thermostat does this for you. You simply have to program the thermostat to make the temperature adjustments for you, and the savings will be automatic.
Determining the Ideal Settings
In order to make full use of an automated thermostat, you will need to program the settings accordingly. Consider what your ideal temperature setting is when you are at home. Some people will make drastic temperature changes with the settings while they are away at work, but keep in mind that your system will have to work harder to restore the desired climate once you return home. It is often more cost-effective to allow the temperature to get slightly warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter than what you find comfortable.
Making Seasonal Adjustments
Many who have a programmable thermostat fail to account for seasonal changes, and this can be a costly mistake. Consider, for example, if your summer settings tell your HVAC system to make the home warmer while you are away from home during the day. This can save you money in the summer, but it can make your heater work overtime in the winter. Make sure you adjust the temperature settings seasonally for maximum savings.
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