Having a programmable thermostat in your home can help you save a significant amount of money on energy bills over time. In order to do so, it’s important to make sure you know how to get the most out of your thermostat during the winter months. Use the following tips on resetting the programmable thermostat for heating your home this season.
- Program your thermostat to stay at 68 degrees for the times that you’re home during the day. This should be a comfortable temperature, especially with Florida’s mild winters. Keep in mind that your heating system most likely won’t need to come on at all during the day.
- Set your programmable thermostat about 10 degrees lower during the hours that you’re out of the house or asleep. When you’re not home, you don’t need to keep your house at a warmer temperature. Consider resetting the programmable thermostat lower at night as well, since you’ll be asleep during this time. If lowering it by 10 degrees is too cool for you, try to at least set it five degrees lower. Having the lower temperature setting start a little while before you go to bed can help your body adjust to this change, which might make it easier to sleep in a cooler room.
- Program a steady temperature for heat pumps. If your home has a heat pump, keep in mind that having the temperature settings change can result in inefficient heating. Heat pumps typically have more trouble operating efficiently when the thermostat changes on a regular basis, especially when the difference in temperature settings is several degrees. Instead, find a comfortable temperature setting that’s not too high during winter, and leave it at that during the winter months.
If you need a programmable thermostat or help with your HVAC system, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We offer HVAC repair and maintenance services in Martin County, Palm Beach County and Indian River County.