Let's continue our discussion about digital thermostats. If you missed our previous blog post "Digital Thermostats 101" you can find it here.
4. Make Minor Adjustments Only When Necessary. All digital thermostats will allow you to adjust an ac unit or home heating system without erasing your saved settings. The manual override will be forgotten automatically at the next program period. These manual changes to your heating and air conditioning systems use more energy, which means you will pay more. Constantly overriding the settings will negate the thermostat’s value.
5. Use the “Hold” Setting Sparingly. There are two kinds of hold settings on most thermostats – permanent and temporary. Do not use the permanent hold to change day to day temperatures. This setting is meant for altering the temperature when you are gone for a weekend or extended vacation even more drastically than during your energy savings set points. Just be sure to keep your home at a suitable temperature for any pets you are leaving behind.
6. Patience Is Money. Turning the temperature up to 90 degrees in the winter or down to 40 degrees in the summer will not change your home’s temperature any faster. In fact, it will only waste money. Digital thermostats start to heat or cool your home based on pre-programmed time tables, which means it will reach a high or low temperature after a set amount of time. New smart units adapt their time release to a new temperature and recalculate how long it will take to reach the set temperature specifically to stop people from “cranking” their heating units. Basically, it will take just as long to reach 66 degrees if the thermostat is set to stop at 66 or 96 degrees.
7. Consider Getting More than One Thermostat. Most households use one thermostat to control the entire home. In almost every home, you will be able to feel the temperature change as you walk up the staircase. With multiple heating and cooling zones, consumers should consider getting a thermostat for each zone. This will maximize comfort, efficiency and convenience.