Today, most programmable thermostats have a pre-programmed setting that’s supposed to be for a typical family. But what family is typical these days? You need to adjust the thermostat’s settings so it’s in sync with the life you and your family lead instead of some mythical family.
Programming options are based on:
- Wake Time
- Sleep Time
- Leave Time
- Return Time
Green Energy Solutions suggests the following settings in order to save the most energy.
- Winter months:
- For the hours you’re home and awake, program the temp to 68°F.
- Lower by 10° to 15° for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house.
- Summer months:
- For the hours you’re home, program air conditioning to 78°F.
- For the days you don’t need cooling, manually shut off the AC. Keep in mind, it will kick back on if
- The house gets too warm.
- Program the AC to shut off during the hours you’re out of the house.
Here are a few programming timing tips that can help you create the best set it and forget it heating and cooling schedule for your home:
- Shut down heat or air conditioning 20 to 30 minutes before you leave home each day.
- Turn on heat or air conditioning 20 to 30 minutes before you come home each day.
- Reduce the heating or cooling 60 minutes before you go to sleep each night.
- Increase heating or cooling about 30 minutes before you wake up each morning.
- Spend time tweaking your program for a few days to make sure it feels right.
TIP: With a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature while on the go. That way, you’re not wasting energy if you’re running late or forgot to create a new program before going on vacation.