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Save 0n Heating Costs This Winter with a Programmable Thermostat

Posted on: January 2, 2014

With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you switch on your heating system to a pre-determined schedule. A programmable thermostat can store and repeat multiple settings a day (6 or more) which can be manually overridden without affecting the weekly or daily schedule.

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This winter you can save energy by setting your thermostat to 68 degrees while you are awake and setting it lower when you are away from home or asleep. By turning it back 10-15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save 5 to 15 percent on your heating bill a year – a savings of as much as 1 percent for every degree. For homes in milder climates, the percentage of savings from setback is higher than those in more extreme climates.

A common misunderstanding with thermostats is that your furnace will work harder than usual to warm a space back to a comfortable temperature if the thermostat has been set back – resulting in minimal savings. In actual fact, as soon as your home drops below normal temperature, it loses energy more slowly to the surrounding environment. The lower the indoor temperature is, the slower the heat loss. Therefore, the longer your home stays at the lower temperature, the more energy you will save because you have lost less energy than at the higher temperature.

Note: The Department of Energy says that programmable thermostats are typically not recommended for heat pumps. Setting back the thermostat when a heat pump is in heating mode can cause it to work inefficiently, thereby negating any savings achieved by lowering the setting.

If you need service on your home heating in Charlotte NC, contact us at Acosta Heating & Cooling. We provide quality HVAC products & services at affordable rates. Give us a call today!