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  • Writer's pictureMike Fagnan

How to program your thermostat to maximize efficiency

Saving money can be as easy as programming your thermostat. If you need a programmable thermostat upgrade, there are many options. From simple programmable models to smart and adaptable thermostats, there is a thermostat to suit your home.

Fagnan’s Furnace Service is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and we proudly offer a range of thermostats to maximize your energy savings.

Tips for programming your thermostat to save energy:

Small changes make a big difference

Setting your thermostat for one degree higher or lower affects your energy input and, therefore, your energy bill. This small variance in temperature will likely be unnoticeable to you, but it is by no means inconsequential.

In summer, set your thermostat for higher

By telling the thermostat that it should wait to start cooling your house, you save energy and money. Instead of using energy to maintain a temperature while you’re away, set the thermostat to let your home get a bit warmer.

In winter, set your thermostat for lower

Simply do the opposite of what you do in the summertime. Program your thermostat for a lower temperature, so it doesn’t have to work as hard. Then, if you leave the house, turn down the heating.

The thermostat should suit your schedule

To get the most out of your thermostat, program it to your unique schedule. For example, consider when you wake up in the morning, if you leave for work during the day, and when you go to bed. If no one is home, set your thermostat to a lower temperature than when you’re there and awake.

A smart thermostat takes away this guess work

Many smart thermostats include an occupancy sensor to detect if a room is in use. Smart thermostats learn your daily habits and adjust accordingly. This automated function results in substantial energy savings.

When should you replace your thermostat?

You’re replacing your HVAC system

You can essentially replace your thermostat at any time. Many of our customers choose to upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat when they get a new furnace or air conditioner. In some instances, you’ll need an updated thermostat to work with a high efficiency HVAC system.

It’s damaged

If your thermostat is damaged and isn’t working properly, you can replace it with a new model. We can come check it out and suggest a replacement.

Your thermostat is in the wrong place

Sometimes, homeowners find that their thermostat is in the wrong place. A poorly placed thermostat can send your HVAC system the wrong signals. For example, if your thermostat is in direct sunlight, it will think the entire house is that temperature and keep the furnace off. Meanwhile, the rest of the house is cold! If you want to move the thermostat and it’s dated, it’s worth upgrading to one of our improved Carrier thermostats.

If you’re ready to maximize energy savings with a new and improved thermostat, contact us for a free consultation!

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