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A Programmable Thermostat, Used Right, Enhances Your Comfort

If you’re looking to enhance the comfort of your Yuma area home while boosting your energy savings, a programmable thermostat might be the perfect option for you. Programmable thermostats are easy to set and offer multiple advanced features that allow you to have complete control over your home’s temperature. Use the following tips to take full advantage of your thermostat’s features and create a pleasant home environment:

  • Preset temperatures wisely – When using a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to preset different tempA Programmable Thermostat, Used Right, Enhances Your Comforteratures for different times of the day or night. During the winter, a typical setting would be 68 degrees between 6 and 9 a.m. and from 5 to 11 p.m. During the day when you’re away at work, you can set the thermostat at 60 degrees. Use the same strategy during the cooling season.
  • Set lower temperatures while away – As mentioned, during times when you’re normally not home, you can set the thermostat several degrees higher (during cooling season) or several degrees lower (during heating season) to save on energy costs. With every degree you adjust the thermostat higher or lower than you want it, seasonally, you can save up to 3 percent on bill costs. Set the thermostat to start warming up your house approximately one hour before your arrival home, so you can enjoy a comfortable environment.
  • Use overrides rarely – Overrides allow you to make temporary adjustments to your home’s indoor temperature. However, the override is canceled when another preset program begins, and overriding the system too often may result in increased energy bills.
  • Adjust the temperature slightly – If you do feel the need to override the pre-set program, do not select an extremely low temperature to cool down your home faster. This will only make your HVAC system use more energy, and it won’t arrive at your desired system any faster. Plus, you may forget you turned the temperature down so low.

If you want more expert advice on optimizing your programmable thermostat or you need professional help with your cooling or heating system, contact us today at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We have more than 60 years of experience in providing high-quality HVAC services to homeowners in the Yuma area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Yuma, Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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