Cold weather will be coming to the Charlotte area soon, so it’s important that you and your home are ready for it. If you’re familiar with the best practices to employ, you can use your programmable thermostat settings to get the absolute most savings possible. If you don’t yet have a programmable thermostat, upgrading can save you up to 30 percent on your energy costs.
The main advantage of programmable thermostats stems from the fact that they can be set to revolve around your daily schedule. Most people are away from their home for many hours of the day when they are out to work, and there is no reason that you should be paying to keep your home heated or cooled when it is empty. You can set your system back as much as eight degrees when you leave, and have it return to your ideal temperature shortly before you usually return home. This helps reduce your energy usage without sacrificing any comfort.
While this is the easiest way to create large savings, there are other things you do in the other parts of the day to conserve energy as well. For example, you can set your thermostat back four degrees at night when you are sleeping without noticing; then in the morning and evening, you have it at your ideal temperature. You shouldn’t try to have more than four distinct phases in one day as it can reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency.
You can keep the same schedule each day of the week or have changes on particular days to accommodate variations in your plans. If, for example, you get home late on Wednesdays from picking up the kids from band practice, you can save on energy for an extra hour or two by having your heating system kick back on later. You can also easily make quick one-time changes to your schedule, and then revert back to the usual plan the following week.
To learn more about the benefits of programmable thermostats, contact Acosta Heating, Cooling & Electrical today. We have proudly served the Charlotte Metro Area since 1972.