Why you should keep your non-programmable thermostat’s settings consistent
Spring can be a tricky time when it comes to setting your thermostat. The temptation to switch from heat to cool and back again can be particularly strong. But, is this really a good idea?
When it comes to thermostats, there are both programmable and non-programmable models. With a programmable model, you can set your own comfort schedule so that you maximize energy efficiency. So, it stands to reason that you would manually do this with a non-programmable model, right?
Actually, not at all. The reason programmable models are so great are their scheduling properties. You can set your schedule by hour and day and the thermostat does the rest of the work. Once you set your schedule you are going to keep that schedule consistent (unless you switch over from heating mode to cooling mode or vice versa). You aren’t constantly rescheduling temperature settings from day to day.
With non-programmable models, you don’t have the luxury of that schedule. So, if you want to regulate temperature, you are going to have to manually go to the thermostat whenever you want temperatures to change. Making constant changes that aren’t scheduled can lead to inconsistencies and longer run times (if not timed correctly). This can lead to higher utility bills.
Here are some things to keep in mind about thermostats:
- A higher set temperature during the winter or a lower set temperature in the summer does not mean that your home will reach temperature more quickly. Your system will just run longer to reach the temperature setting.
- Raising the temperature setting a degree or two during the summer can lower your bills at the end of the month. That being said, a good rule of thumb is a setting at around 78°F.
- By the same token, lowering the temperature setting a degree or two during the winter can lower bills. Try to keep that thermostat at around 68°F.
- If you have a heat pump, the emergency heat setting on your thermostat is NOT the same as heating mode.
- Seasonal transitions during fall and spring can be tricky. It is important to not switch between heating and cooling mode frequently during these seasons. Pick a date and permanently make the switch.
- If you are noticing a problem with your equipment, don’t just turn it off at the thermostat. Make sure you also turn your equipment off at the source.
What else do you want to know about thermostats? If you have questions about operating your heating and cooling equipment properly, talk to your local contractor.