With warmer weather making its appearance, it’s time to adjust your temperature settings to maximize summer settings. If your Lexington home has a programmable thermostat on board, below you’ll find the idea summer settings. If you are using an older model manual thermostat, upgrading can pay for itself in energy savings this summer!
Setting Options for Programmable Thermostats
According to ENERGY STAR, the proper use of a programmable thermostat can save you as much as $180 per year. There are three basic types available when it comes to setting options, but models are available with endless user convenience features.
- 7 day: You may set different programs for each day of the week.
- 5+2 day: You may set one set of temperature adjustments for the weekdays, and a second set that covers the weekend.
- 5-1-1 day: Your weekday settings will be the same, but you can program different schedules for both Saturday and Sunday.
Energy Saving Summer Temperature Settings
Programmable thermostats allow the user to program four temperature changes each day, for most models. Using optimal occupied and unoccupied settings will not only keep your home comfortable, but allow you to save energy throughout the summer.
When you won’t be home, set your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees – there’s no point in cooling an unoccupied home. When you turn your temperature higher for 10 or more degrees over a period of eight hours or more, you can save one percent per degree you turn back the temp.
Bedtime is another time many are comfortable limiting their cooling use. Turn your thermostat back before bed to generate savings overnight – another eight-hour period or more, for some.
When you’re home, keep the thermostat at 78. This is optimal for summer energy savings. Bring your home back down to comfortable temperatures after a setback by programming your thermostat to adjust about 15 minutes before you’ll be home.
If you need assistance with your programmable thermostat or wish to upgrade from a manual stat, contact Climate Control of Lexington today!