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What is the Value of a Programmable Thermostat?

Programmable Thermostat

You can save at least 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by having a programmable thermostat.

Programmable thermostats are a great addition to any Western New York home, and are especially useful in the winter and summer months as we face extreme temperature changes. Whether your New York home currently has a programmable thermostat or not, you should understand the value of a programmable thermostat and the cost savings they can bring you.

The U.S. Department of Energy says you can save at least 10% a year on heating and cooling costs by having a programmable thermostat. By using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning in your Western New York home by having a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings and you can manually override the settings, if needed, without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

The value of a programmable thermostat comes by simply turning your thermostat back 7° to 10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.

The U.S. Department of Energy suggests the following settings for energy savings:

Colder months:

  • – For the hours you’re home and awake, program the temp to 68°F.
  • – Lower at least 10 degrees for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house.

Warmer months:

  • – For the hours you’re away from home, program air conditioning to 78°F.
  • – While home, set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible and ensure humidity control if needed.

The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall heating and cooling bills will be. Although standard thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats help homeowners to avoid discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before they begin their daily routines or return home.

There are different types of programmable thermostats, each with a unique scheduling style:

  • 7-day programming: Best for homes with inconsistent schedules, as this is the most flexible option. It lets you program a different heating and cooling schedule for each day of the week. 
  • 5-1-1 programming: One heating and cooling schedule for the week, and you can schedule a different heating and cooling plan for each weekend day (Saturday and Sunday). 
  • 5-2 programming: This is similar to the 5-1-1 programming, except Saturday and Sunday will have the same heating and cooling plan as each other. 
  • 1-week programming: You can only set one heating and cooling plan that will be repeated daily for the entire week. If you have a routine schedule, this thermostat may work for your home.

When programming your thermostat, consider when you normally go to sleep and wake up. If you prefer to sleep at a cooler temperature during the winter, you might want to start the temperature setback a bit ahead of the time you actually go to bed. Also consider the schedules of everyone in the household. If there is a time during the day when the house is vacant for four hours or more, it makes sense to adjust the temperature during those periods.

At Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC we’re proud to be Hamburg’s leading HVAC and plumbing services company. Since 1971, we’ve earned the business of our city’s homeowners by providing great, honest service. We offer HVAC maintenance and tune-ups to ensure your HVAC system remains reliable and efficient for your Western New York home.

Contact Duffett Plumbing, Heating & AC for all of your heating and cooling needs.