Most Hanahan, SC, homeowners understand the benefits of installing a programmable thermostat, but they may not know what the ideal thermostat setting in summer and winter. According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), you can save up to one percent on your utility bill for every degree you turn back your thermostat. For many people, it can be challenging to balance the desire to save money with the need for warmth. A programmable thermostat makes it easier to meet both of these needs.
Ideal Thermostat Setting in Summer and Winter
The key to saving money on your monthly utility bill is to program your thermostat for a comfortable room temperature while you are home. When you are at work or in bed for the night, you should set the thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for maximum energy savings. This simple step can save you between five and 15 percent every month. During the summer, the ideal thermostat setting is 78 degrees when you are home and approximately 88 degrees when you are sleeping or away from home. When winter comes, try setting your thermostat at 68 degrees when the house is occupied and 58 degrees all other times.
Adjusting Your Programmable Thermostat for Energy Efficiency
If you have a fairly predictable work schedule, consider installing a five and two programmable unit in your home. This thermostat allows you to set the times you want the temperature to adjust during the week and on the weekends. For example, if you leave the house at 6:00 a.m. Monday to Friday, set the thermostat to start increasing or decreasing the air temperature at 5:30 a.m. The temperature will remain at that setting until the first person arrives home in the afternoon and remain that way until the last person goes to bed. If you sleep later on the weekends, be sure to change your settings to reflect your typical schedule.
Choosing the Right Thermostat for Your Home
Back in the days when everyone had a mercury dial thermostat, you didn’t have many options on what to buy. With the increased popularity of programmable units, you must evaluate features to determine which one is right for you. At Berkeley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we stock several different types of Carrier thermostats. Some of the more advanced features include:
- Humidity control
- Dirty air filter detector
- Zoning control for up to eight different temperature settings in your home
- Remote control access
- Vacation and override features
- Energy use tracking
If you require assistance selecting our installing your new thermostat, you may contact us from weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.