You may wonder whether the thermostat model you use is really much of a concern as you prepare for summer air conditioning activity. While most non-programmable units will provide adequate temperature control, you are missing out on some significant savings by not upgrading. A programmable thermostat enables you to maintain more stable indoor conditions while also allowing you to implement important energy saving strategies.
The Difference a Degree Makes
Energy experts indicate that a sustained temperature change of 1 degree over an eight-hour time period can result in as much as 1 percent in energy savings. Your potential savings can fluctuate based on longer or shorter time periods for changes. It will also fluctuate for greater increases. However, it can be difficult to remember to make these changes on a daily basis. Additionally, it’s difficult to make adjustments when you aren’t at home. A programmable thermostat offers you the ability to manage these changes so that they occur as desired. The settings and adjustments recommended by ENERGY STAR are as follows:
- Waking setting – 78 for cooling and 70 for heating
- Daytime adjustment – up 7 degrees for cooling and down 8 degrees for heating
- Evening setting – return to waking setting
- Night adjustment – up 4 degrees for cooling and down 8 degrees for heating
These recommendations may seem too hot or cold based on your specific preferences and climate. However, this is an example of how to make your thermostat work for you. Use your own comfort preferences and schedule to adjust these recommendations so that they meet the needs of your household.
Select a Model that Fits Your Schedule
Programmable units typically offer four programming periods per day, and daily programming can be made based on the type of unit selected. Options include:
- 7-day programming – ideal if your daily schedule is unpredictable.
- Weeklong programming – excellent for the home with every day following a similar pattern.
- 5-2 programming – suitable for the household that operates on a traditional workweek and weekend schedule.
- 5-1-1 programming – perfect for those whose weekend days feature different schedules.
Dealing with Temporary Adjustments
There are often occasions on which an individual in a household will make an adjustment based on personal comfort levels. With a non-programmable control, this change may continue in place indefinitely, resulting in increased and unnecessary energy usage. Programmable units allow for temporary changes but revert to programmed settings after a short period of time. This is an excellent savings measure for those with lots of comfort control conflicts in their homes.
If you want to take home comfort control to a high-tech level in your residence, consider the programming and access benefits of a wireless thermostat. Integrated with your Wi-Fi network, a smart thermostat allows you to program your unit via computer or smartphone. It also allows you to generate reports of energy usage. You can check settings from remote locations, or you can increase or decrease settings from another room.
The professionals at Dent Air Conditioning can assist in helping you to find an ideal thermostat for your Jackson, MS home. We can also assist with any additional home comfort questions when you contact our office.