Most programmable thermostats are either digital, electromechanical, or some mixture of the two. Digital thermostats offer the most features in terms of multiple settings, overrides, and adjustments for daylight savings time, but may be difficult for some people to program. Electromechanical systems often involve pegs or sliding bars and are fairly simple to program.
You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. In the winter you can save energy by setting your programmable thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home.
In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.
One of the main misconceptions surrounding programmable thermostats is that your unit will have to work harder to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature. However, the truth is, as soon as your house drops below its normal temperature, it will lose energy to the surrounding environment more slowly, because the lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss. So the longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save, because your house has lost less energy than it would have at the higher temperature. This same rule applies to settings in the summer. A higher interior temperature will slow the flow of heat into your house, saving energy on air conditioning.
Your thermostat should be located where natural room air currents occur, for example hot air rising and cool air sinking. With these tips and a programmable thermostat that works for you, you can save energy while maintaining a comfortable home.
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