If you’re like most of us, you spent the winter tucked away inside, away from the arctic circle that became the Capital Region. You layered clothes and snuggled under blankets in your attempt to keep winter heating costs down.
Now we’re starting to see signs of spring. Soon, your quest to lower summer energy costs will begin.
You can save as much as 10% on your yearly heating and cooling bill by turning your thermostat back 7*-10*F from its typical setting for 8 hours every day. A programmable thermostat will allow you to schedule when you want your air conditioning to come on. That way, your home will be cool when you get there, but energy won’t be wasted during the day while nobody is home.
Programmable thermostats can store several daily settings. So, for instance, you can set it so that Fido doesn’t overheat from 8-3:00. At 3:00, the air can pump on, allowing you to walk in to a cool, comfortable home at 4:30. You can also manually override programmable thermostats.
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A common misconception associated with thermostats is that a furnace works harder than normal to warm the space back to a comfortable temperature after the thermostat has been set back, resulting in little or no savings. But that isn’t the case. The truth is that the lower the interior temperature, the slower the heat loss. So the longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save, because your house has lost less energy than it would have at the higher temperature. The same theory applies to raising your thermostat setting in the summer — a higher interior temperature will slow the flow of heat into your house, saving energy on air conditioning.
The location of your thermostat will affect its efficiency. Make sure to install it on an interior wall, away from direct sunlight, doorways and windows. It should be located where natural room air flow occurs. That means don’t put any furniture directly below the thermostat, as that will disrupt the air flow.
Installation is pretty easy.
While it may take a few days of guessing when you first start setting your new thermostat, after some trial and error you will be able to save money and energy while maintaining a comfortable home.