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If your household practices good energy-saving habits, or would like to, a programmable thermostat is a great tool for saving energy and boosting home comfort to fit your lifestyle. Use these five tips to maximize savings and comfort.

Programming guidelines

  1. During working hours, sleeping hours and regularly scheduled time away from home, program a temperature increase (cooling months) of 8 to 12 degrees. Increasing temperatures in this range for 16 hours (work and sleep hours) would save up to 20 percent cooling costs, according to Energy.gov.
  2. There are several types of programmable thermostats from which to choose. Select a thermostat that fits your lifestyle and budget. For instance, if you have a regular working schedule, a 5+2-day thermostat provides one program for a five-day workweek, typically with four or more event changes per day, and a second program for off days. A 7-day thermostat provides a separate program for each day of the week.
  3. Select a programmable thermostat with the features you’ll need. Thermostats are available with large touchscreen displays for easy navigating. If you’re upgrading your cooling system, select a “smart” programmable thermostat with WiFi capability for ultimate control of home comfort from work, on the road or anywhere you have a cell signal for your smartphone or a computer for online access.
  4. All programmable thermostats will feature a “hold” button to make on-the-fly temperature changes. While this is a handy feature, it should not be used too frequently or energy savings will be lost. Another standard feature is the “vacation” setting. If you’re away from home, such as weekend trips or business trips, you can program a schedule to turn up/back the temperature 15 degrees (as an example) at the touch of a button.
  5. If you’re installing a new programmable thermostat, make sure that it’s strategically located out of direct sunlight and away from air-supply outlets. The thermostat should be centrally located, and also out of range from ceiling fans.

To learn more tips for your programmable thermostat, or other ways to save energy around your home, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating. We’ve proudly served South Florida homeowners for 40 years.