The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted a study in 2010, wherein 89% of the respondents claimed they rarely or never programmed their thermostats for different weekday-weekend cycles. Homeowners who do the same are missing out on key benefits, including energy savings and improved HVAC performance
In this blog, Bartlett Heating & Air Conditioning shares best practices that can help you get the most out of your programmable thermostat.
Know Your Thermostat
If you’re looking into upgrading to a programmable thermostat, you should first know what type you have. This can help you down the road when deciding whether or not you should proceed with an upgrade. There are four types of programmable thermostats:
1-Week Programming — This is the most basic programmable thermostat. You can set it to run one cycle that repeats every 24 hours.
5-2 Programming — “5-2” means 5 weekday days and 2 weekend days, which means you can program it to run two distinct cycles: one that runs for five days, then another for two days. This is ideal if you follow pretty much the same weekday-weekend routines and want to sleep in on the weekends.
5-1-1 Programming — This is similar to 5-2 thermostat programming, but can hold a third cycle for Sundays.
7-Day Programming — This is the most versatile type of programmable thermostat, as it can hold 7 different cycles. HVAC systems with 7-day thermostats are ideal for households that don’t stick to set weekday-weekend schedules.
Compare these types of schedules with your family’s routine before making your choice. Some thermostats allow separate programming sets for heating and cooling systems.
Don’t Stick With Factory Settings
Every home has unique heating and cooling requirements, which is why HVAC technicians choose components accordingly. It only follows that thermostat settings need to be customized, too. Most thermostats come with programming instructions, which we recommend you update according to your family’s sleep and wake times, as well as the times you leave for work and school. If you’re not sure which settings are best, your HVAC technician can help.