Gone are the days when thermostats were clunky boxes or round dials with often questionable accuracy. Today, however, thermostats offer convenient and intuitive features, whether you’re using a standard digital thermostat, a programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat capable of WiFi networking integration.
Some of the convenient features of modern thermostats are HVAC system prompts for filter changes, four or more daily program settings, automatic adjustment for Daylight Savings Time (DST) and much more. If you haven’t reset your programmable thermostat for the heating months, use these tips for making the proper adjustments and to program settings that maximize your comfort and energy savings.
Resetting Your Thermostat
There are dozens of thermostat models available from various manufacturers. Some of the steps for resetting thermostats for DST may be similar, such as accessing the “settings” screen. However, it’s best to consult your user’s manual or visit the manufacturer’s website for instructions to your particular thermostat if it doesn’t automatically adjust for DST.
Tips for Maximum Savings and Comfort
If energy bills and responsible energy usage weren’t issues, you could just set your thermostat to your favorite temperature and forget about it. On the other hand, if you are like many responsible homeowners that want to save energy, you need a guide or “program” to minimize discomforts while maximizing energy savings. Here’s what the federal Energy Star program suggests:
- During wake hours, program your thermostat to 68 degrees while your home is occupied.
- During sleep hours, set your thermostat to turn back 4-10 degrees, whichever is in your comfort zone.
- During daytime hours when your home is unoccupied, such as when household members are away at work and school, program your thermostat to lower the temperature 10 to 15 degrees.
In addition to the energy and money saving benefits, using a programmable thermostat is more convenient than manually adjusting temperatures several times a day using a standard thermostat.
If you have any questions about setting your programmable thermostat, please contact Air-Tro. We’ve served greater Los Angeles area residents for more than 45 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater Los Angeles, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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