Optimize Your Programmable Thermostat Settings for the Cold Weather Months

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Cooler temperatures are always a welcome relief in the Valley of the Sun. Yet, it can get downright chilly in the greater Phoenix, AZ area, especially during the evening and early morning hours. With the winter months here, it’s a good time to reset your programmable thermostat. This will ensure you’re optimizing your heating system for both cost and comfort.

When You’re at Home

Setting your thermostat for 68 degrees when you’re awake and at home is energy efficient and a comfortable temperature for most individuals. You’ll feel warm without raising heating bills. Consider the hours when this setting is appropriate. This likely will include before and after work, as well as on weekends.

When You’re Asleep

When you’re sleeping, you’re not likely to notice a slight drop in temperature. Even if you’re sensitive to colder indoor temperatures, an extra blanket on the bed is usually enough to maintain comfort without cranking up the heat. Consider lowering your thermostat setting by five to 10 degrees for the eight or so hours that you’re in bed asleep.

When You’re Away

You can save as much as 15 percent on your heating bills in a single season by lowering your thermostat setting by 10 degrees for eight or more hours each day. In other words, programming a lower temperature for normal work or school hours can save you big money. If schedules are consistent, you can set your thermostat to kick in 15 minutes before you arrive home. You won’t notice the difference at home, but you sure will on your monthly bill!

Is It Time to Replace Your Thermostat?

If you’re still struggling with an outdated thermostat that you can’t program, it’s time to consider a newer model. Thermostat technology has advanced dramatically in the last 20 years, and it’s easier than ever to reduce your energy consumption while still maintaining a comfortable home. Call the experts at Bruce’s to learn more about the installation of a new programmable thermostat.