Jun 15 2015

An outdated thermostat can lead to AC-efficiency problems during the sweltering summer months in the South. A dial thermostat, for example, can require calibration from time to time to ensure accurate results as your cooling system operates. While ENERGY STAR recommends specific settings throughout the day to lower costs and maintain optimum comfort conditions, achieving this with an outdated thermostat can be difficult. A programmable thermostat, however, makes it easy to ensure accurate and consistent setting adjustments without stress.

Recommended Settings for a Programmable Thermostat

The U.S. Department of Energy indicates that you can save up to 10 percent on home comfort costs through the use of recommended setting changes. Programming can be adapted to your household’s preferences and needs, but the following settings are excellent as a starting point:

  • Waking setpoint – 70 for winter, 78 for summer
  • Daytime change – decreased by 8 degrees for winter, increased by 7 degrees for summer
  • Evening – same as waking setpoint
  • Night – decreased by 8 degrees for winter, increased by 4 degrees for summer

Options in Programmable Units

Every household has its unique needs based on work and school schedules, and other factors. For many, a programmable unit that mirrors the traditional work week is helpful. These 5-2 units allow for weekdays to be managed differently than weekends. Some need a little more variation on weekends due to different Saturday and Sunday schedules, making a 5-1-1 unit ideal. There are also units that allow for all days to be individualized or for all days to have identical settings.

Today’s wireless technology also makes smart thermostats an excellent choice for those who want the benefits of programming along with the ability to monitor and manage system activity remotely. With connectivity facilitated through your home’s wireless network, you can check AC-efficiency statistics from a computer, tablet, or smartphone while you are away from home. As you consider how to lower costs, check out modern thermostat solutions from Dyess, or call our Bluffton office at (843) 474-0075.

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