How to Set a Programmable Thermostat
Using a programmable thermostat can save you energy and money. Here's how to set it up.
A programmable thermostat can be programmed to save heating and cooling costs. By turning the furnace or air conditioner on and off at set times, the system can save energy by only running when really needed. The programmable thermostat can take over when we forget to turn the thermostat down at night or when we are away from home at work or play.
Studies show a direct, energy saving, advantage when we let our thermostat control our heating and cooling needs. Instead of randomly adjusting the temperature or on-off times by hand throughout the day, we should set-up our thermostat to control the operation on a best time and temperature schedule.
The programmable thermostat can be set to always turn the temperature down after bedtime and to start the heating system a little before rise-and-shine time in the morning. Even more important for energy conservation, is setting the temperature down while everyone is at work or school. Here again, the thermostat can be set to bring the home to a comfortable temperature just before you arrive home.
Not all programmable thermostats are created equal. Some seemingly take a Phd in electronics to operate. By the time your confronted with 25 buttons and numerous setting possibilities, it’s easy to give up and just operate the confusing thing by hand. If your shopping for a programmable thermostat, be sure and check out the instruction booklet before purchasing.
If the directions for setting the thermostat sounds like landing on the moon, you might want to try another brand. Honeywell’s touch screen thermostats are pretty user friendly. The screen lights up and the needed buttons are on screen. You have the option of setting each days schedule the same or adjusting each day to it’s own special schedule.
A new bred of programmable thermostat is just now hitting the market. These new thermostats have a learning memory and the ability to learn how you like to have the thermostat set and then they take over and maintain your settings.
The following video is one of the better video’s concerning programmable thermostats. Hope you enjoy the video and I hope you will let a programmable thermostat save some power at your home.
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