A programmable thermostat is more than just a convenience. It can also help you control your energy bills while keeping your home more comfortable during the winter and during Shreveport’s sultry summers. To effectively cut costs with a programmable thermostat, however, you’ll need to follow a few best practices.

How Much Can You Save?

Your savings depend on the temperatures you select for your energy-saving “set points.” Set points are the temperature settings you program in.

In winter, keep your thermostat set around 68 when you’re home and lower it to between 58 to 53 degrees when you’re away or in bed. You’ll reduce your heating bill by around 1 percent for every degree you lower the setting.

In summer, program your thermostat to run your air conditioner at between 75 and 78 degrees or higher when you’re home and want cooling. When you leave, raise it to around 82 or turn the A/C off. Every degree you raise your thermostat setting can save you up to 2 percent on your cooling bills.

To achieve these savings, choose set points that are at least 8 hours apart. While you’re out at work or in bed are usually the most convenient times.

Get the Most From Your Thermostat

  • Installation — Place your thermostat on an interior wall away from direct sunlight and breezes from windows and doors. Choose a draft-free room where warm air rises and cool air falls undisturbed, and avoid placing furniture or drapes in front of the thermostat. For optimal installation, hire a heating and cooling technician.
  • Programming — Take advantage of the thermostat’s available programming options to choose temperatures that work for your schedule. Many thermostats let you choose up to four set points per day.
  • Use — To really cut costs with a programmable thermostat, use the override setting only on exceptionally hot or cold days. Using it often defeats the purpose of programming in energy-saving temperatures.

For further guidance on how to cut costs with a programmable thermostat, or for help with equipment maintenance or repairs, contact us at Pioneer Comfort Systems in the Shreveport, Bossier City, and Natchitoches areas.

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