Getting The Most From Your Programmable Thermostat

Adding a programmable thermostat is one of the simplest ways of making your air conditioner more energy-efficient. Not only does it give you a greater level of control over your home's cooling comfort, but it offers plenty of smart features for lowering energy consumption and costs.

Learn how you can maximize both cooling comfort and energy efficiency by making the most of your programmable thermostat's many features.

Getting to the Point

Your programmable thermostat offers the ability to run your A/C based on pre-programmed temperature set points. These set points allow you to precisely schedule your cooling needs at appropriate points of the day.

For instance, you can program your A/C to run at a warmer temperature during the day when no one's at home and automatically lower temperatures to more comfortable levels before you arrive home for the evening. Keeping your unoccupied home several degrees warmer than normal can help you save money on energy costs and lessen system wear.

Here are other ways you can take advantage of set points to make your A/C system more efficient and cost-effective:

  • Multiple settings can be used to automatically adjust temperatures based on your home's needs throughout the day. Most programmable thermostats feature six or more set points for each day.
  • You can also use your thermostat's pre-programmed "night" settings to your advantage. As you sleep, the thermostat can automatically increase temperatures to energy-saving levels without robbing you of any comfort.

Hold That Temperature

Programmable thermostats, from companies such as Guardian Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, also have a "hold" feature that sets the air conditioner to run at a constant temperature. This feature comes in handy if you plan on being away from home for an extended period of time and need your A/C to run at energy-saving temperatures.

Important Tips

  • Keeping your home at a constant 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit) when you're awake not only ensures overall comfort during the summer, but it also helps keep down energy costs. For every 1 degree you set above your comfort level, you'll save 1 percent on your energy bill.
  • Only override the pre-programmed temperature settings if you need immediate cooling. Otherwise, you'll just waste energy and end up with higher energy bills.
  • Lowering your thermostat to its lowest settings won't help your home cool any faster, plus it wastes energy. Simply leaving the thermostat at the desired temperature is all you'll need to do.
  • If your home is set up for zoned climate control, consider using a separate programmable thermostat for each zone for greater control and maximized energy efficiency.