Most people use their furnaces during the cold months. But what do you do when you step out of the house to go to work, or for a short vacation? A programmable thermostat helps a lot around the house, especially if you’re a busy person and are away from the home often. It also may bring savings on your energy bills. Here’s some tips for using a programmable thermostat optimally.
Begin by picking the right one
There are a few types of programmable thermostats available. Depending on how busy your daily routine is, pick one that is most suitable to use around your home. Simple programmable thermostats allow the same settings throughout the week, while some others let you configure different settings for the weekdays and weekends. This means that if you decide to get a programmable thermostat with 2 settings, you’ll be able to pre-set lower temperatures on the heating, for times when you know you’re not going to be indoors during the weekdays. This considerably helps reduce the amount of energy consumed by the heating system.
Place it wisely
Read the instructions manual thoroughly so you know where to place your thermostat around that home. Your thermostat will take a temperature reading of the environment to achieve the pre-set temperature you’ve set as your preference. Mounting it on the wrong wall will result in inaccurate readings and you’ll probably end up toggling with the temperature settings on your thermostat to fix the issue. Make sure you do not install the thermostat near devices that produce heat, or on a wall that receives harsh or direct sunlight. If you can’t decide where to place the thermostat, get a professional to help with the installation and advise you on the best spots around your home to mount it.
Don’t resort to extremes
Don’t turn the temperature up considerably with the thought that you’d have to run the heating for a shorter period of time. Your heating system will work harder to achieve a warmer temperature as pre-set on the thermostat and in doing so will consume more energy, quicker. This is especially true if you turn the heating off halfway through the night, allowing both the physical structure of your home as well as the air inside to cool down by morning. Program your thermostat to a tolerant but pleasant temperature and run the heating consistently so you end up consuming an efficient rate of energy and maintain a warm temperature at the same time. It is easier for your heating system to maintain the warmth within your home than to repeatedly warm up cold environments.
Keep your pets comfortable
If you aren’t around the house a lot, you’d naturally be worried about your pets at home, be it the cold or the hot months. Using a thermostat that connects to an app on your smartphone over the Wi-Fi lets you monitor the temperature around your home as well as reset it when you need, even when you’re outside the house. This will ensure your pets don’t feel the chill in the winters when you’re away at work. If you do not have a thermostat that connects over the Wi-Fi, you could ask a neighbor to check up on your pets occasionally and ensure they’re comfortable. Having a thermostat that you can connect to remotely also helps in heating up your home before you arrive back from your vacation, just in case the pets have travelled with you. Contact a professional to get a Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat installed.
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