How Your Thermostat Affects Your Heating Bill
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Do you set your thermostat to a lower temperature when you sleep or leave the house? With a programmable thermostat, you can set it up to do that automatically, saving you money in one simple step.
A programmable thermostat lets you set the times when your heating system comes on, turns off and at what temperatures. Most can store and repeat multiple daily settings, which you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.
It’s easy to save money on heating costs this winter by setting your thermostat to 68°F while you and your family is in the house and awake. Turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° when you’re sleeping and you can save 5% - 15% a year on heating.
If everyone in your house leaves around the same time, save even more money by setting the thermostat lower when no one is home. About an hour before everyone is due back home, have the temperature come back up to a comfortable 68°.
You may have heard that a furnace works harder to warm up a room than to keep a warm room at a steady temperature. This is a misconception. In fact, the lower the internal temperature of your house, the slower the heat loss to the external environment. In other words, the more time your house spends at a lower temperature, the slower the heat loss, the more money you save.
One more consideration: the location of your thermostat can affect its performance and efficiency. Make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions about installation (or have it professionally installed) to prevent “ghost readings” or unnecessary furnace cycling. To work properly, a thermostat should be on an interior wall, away from direct sunlight, drafts and windows or doorways to the exterior. It should be in a place where natural room air currents occur. Furniture will alter air currents, so don’t place the thermostat behind large pieces of furniture.
Contact us with any questions you have about heating, cooling or lowering your energy bills. We’re always happy to help.
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