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Optimizing Your Programmable Thermostat

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People are always hesitant when it comes to buying new technologies, but programmable thermostats are definitely worth the investment. If you already have one then you’re saving yourself money! Programmable thermostats are much more advanced than dial thermostats and when used correctly can save you large amounts of money on your electricity bill. Let’s look at some tips to get the most out of your programmable thermostat and all it can offer.

Read the Manual

This one seems obvious; however, it’s often overlooked. If your thermostat didn’t come with a manual you can easily find it online. Often people don’t even realize there are features which they wouldn’t normally find unless they read the manual. The only way you can truly know the limits of your programmable thermostat is to see what the people who made it intended for it to do.

Make a Thermostat Schedule

The beauty of digital thermostats is that you can set them to accommodate what temperature you would like your home to be at a later stage. Most digital thermostats have an energy saving mode, this is where you’ll want to start. Then as you get to learn more about how your thermostat operates you can change it accordingly. Once you’ve pre-programmed your thermostat try to leave it at the predefined temperatures to avoid wasting energy.

Don’t Switch Temperature to Extremes

By drastically changing the temperature of your thermostat from warm to ice cold uses an enormous amount of energy. By being aware of this, it would make more sense to properly adjust your thermostat so that it changes temperatures in small increments of a few degrees at a time. This can be achieved by pre-programming the thermostat to suit the current temperature trends of the season.

Don’t Switch Your Air Conditioner On And Off Periodically

While turning your thermostat down while you’re at work will save you money, by turning your thermostat off, you are increasing the humidity level in your home. Indoor humidity leads to both bugs and mold. It has been shown that humidity can increase by over 50 % when turning your thermostat off for extended periods of time, which is the perfect conditions for mold to grow in. The more humid your home is, the more likely you are to get mold. Art Plumbing, AC and Electric offer various methods for testing a home’s indoor air quality and eliminating any mold or pollutants.

Use Other Means of Ventilation

By using a fan in conjunction with your programmable thermostat you’ll be able to regulate airflow. Having a fan on with your thermostat lets you direct the flow of air, sometimes a cool breeze at a higher temperature will do more for you than cranking the thermostat all the way down.

The best way to get the most out of your programmable thermostat is by making full use of the programmable temperature which you can set for different times of the day. It lets you go about your day while the temperatures are all set and regulated beforehand. Remember not to make drastic temperature changes as it uses more energy getting the temperature back to the ideal temperature than you save by turning it down. When you are going on vacation it is a good idea to check if there is a vacation mode available as this will save you a lot of money.

Finally, don’t forget to change the batteries to your thermostat once a year. Low batteries in a thermostat could cause the device to measure the incorrect room temperature throwing the whole system off. If you are interested in finding out more about programmable thermostats and air conditioning contact us today and don’t forget that Art Plumbing, AC and Electrical offer a wide variety of air conditioning services in South Florida.

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