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Get With the Program: Everything You Need to Know About Your Programmable Thermostat

Your thermostat is an important part of maintaining the comfort of your home. Older thermostat models only give you the option to change the temperature manually. So, if you forget to lower the setting as you head out for the day, you're essentially cooling the house down with nobody home. Programmable thermostats give you the flexibility to change the temperature in your home in a more efficient way.

Why Should I Get a Programmable Thermostat?

Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

When no one is at your house, there is no reason to excessively heat or cool it, giving your home comfort system a much-needed break. Keeping the temperature at a consistent level when you're gone has several benefits.

  • Lower carbon footprint: When your HVAC system is not running, you are burning less fuel.

  • Longer unit life: Reduced use means your system will last longer.

  • Lower operating costs: You will spend less on fuel and electricity.

Programming Basics

Once you have your unit properly installed, it is time to start programming. Most thermostats are designed for manual programming with buttons on the unit. However, some newer models will let you control the system with an app on your smartphone. Make certain that you install the backup batteries that preserve the system memory. If the power goes out, you will still have your program in place.

Handling the Weekdays

When the day comes that you can go back to work and the kids go back to school, you can let the temperature drift out of a comfortable zone. Base your programming on your regular schedule. Most thermostats give you the option to set a general program for Monday through Friday. However, if you do not work a traditional work week, you can set a program for each individual day. Talk with your family and find those blocks of time when no one will be home. Once you have set your thermostat, you won't have to think about it again until your family’s schedule changes.

Home for the Weekend

As with the weekdays, your thermostat will give you the option to program the weekend as a block or as two individual days. You may be a household where there is always someone at home on the weekend, so there will be minimal changes. However, if you are a family always on the go, you may opt to take advantage of the savings when you program your thermostat to a steady temperature.

Handling Unexpected Changes

Life is rarely predictable. Many schools have half-days scattered throughout the year. You may have a cold that keeps you home for a day. When the unexpected happens, it is important to know how to change your thermostat. Most models allow you to temporarily override the program by manually changing the temperature. This will interrupt the current program until the next programmed period. For example, if you come home at lunchtime and you have programmed your thermostat to lower the temperature at five in the afternoon, your regular program will kick in again at five.

Vacation Programming

If you are going to be away for an extended period and do not want to reprogram your unit, you can interrupt the program and put the unit on permanent hold. This will keep your home at a constant temperature throughout the time you are away. Turning off the hold feature will resume your normal program.

Know Your Zones

Adding zones to your system is another way to save money on your home climate costs. Additional thermostats give you even greater savings when you have rooms in that are not in regular use. For more information about the best design for your home HVAC system, contact Weather Engineers today at (321) 727-2542.

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