Programmable thermostats can be an effective tool when it comes to reducing your home’s overall energy usage. By programming the thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature up or down based on your schedule, you can significantly lower your power consumption. To get the most out of your thermostat, there are two factors that you need to take into account: the location where the thermostat is installed and the temperature setting.
Programmable thermostats work best when they are located far away from any external factors that could cause false readings. To get the most accurate readings from your thermostat, make sure it is installed:
- On an interior wall
- Out of direct sunlight
- Away from heating and cooling vents
- Away from exterior doors, windows and skylights
- Out of reach of drafts
Another important factor that contributes to the overall energy savings from a programmable thermostat is the temperature setting. In order to maximize savings, there are several steps you should take when programming your thermostat.
- Try to set the temperature back for a minimum of eight hours at time.
- Turn the temperature down by at least eight degrees during the winter, and up by at least four degrees during the summer.
- Set the thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature for savings during periods of time when you are away from home or asleep.
Taking the time to make sure your thermostat is correctly installed and properly programmed can help you realize the most savings. If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like more energy-saving ideas, contact us at Around the Clock Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc.
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