A programmable thermostat is the best alternative to the traditional one because its use will reduce your heating and cooling bills. Research has shown that the percentage savings resulting from the use of the device is higher in milder climates than in extreme climates. In order to enjoy the benefits of an easily programmable thermostat, you must know how to use it properly. Here are some tips to get you started.
Choose the right model that fits your schedule. There are three types of models; Model 7 days, model 5 + 2 days and model 5-1-1, for your choice. The first model is perfect if you need to change your schedule on a daily basis while the second model uses the same calendar for five days and another for both days (weekend). The last model uses the same schedule for 5 days with different schedules for each day of the weekend.
Keep the device in a suitable location. This is important because the outside temperature can affect the reading of the thermostat. It should be placed in a central location and should never be placed near windows, drafts, doors or direct sunlight. If in doubt, check the device manual for more information.
Use the programmable periods of the day to change the temperature as needed. The main goal is to have an eight-hour period without heating or air conditioning, as this will reduce your bills. So take the time to think about when you go to bed and start cooling the house once it's near your bedtime.
The programmable thermostat has many other features such as manual control, holiday override, keyboard lock, battery indicator, automatic season change, the indicator of filter change, and the energy monitor. The more familiar you are with each of the features, the more you are able to use the device to your advantage. For example, the automatic season change allows you to change the settings between seasons. Check your battery light to find out when your battery needs to be replaced and use the keypad lock to avoid changes to the programmed settings.