How often do you really think about the thermostat in your Massachusetts home? Our guess is not much. For the most part, people think of their thermostat when they’re feeling too hot or too cold, and that’s pretty much it. You could save 10% or more every month, just by putting some more thought into your settings.
Many people say they rarely—and in some cases, never—program their thermostats, mainly because they are not clear on how to use it. The truth is, taking a few minutes to learn how to use your thermostat properly can really pay off. When you use this handy device correctly, it could pay for itself within the first year, PLUS save you money on repairs as you’ll be subjecting your furnace or boiler to far less work.
Try these tips on how to properly use your thermostat.
If you have a smart thermostat, you can even program your settings (including these modes and other features) from your phone.
Get to know your thermostat, even if it means sitting down with your owner’s manual for a little while. Once you understand how to adjust the settings, and consider your potential savings, you’ll see that it’s worth the time you’re putting into learning how to use it!
During the day: Set your thermostat to make these adjustments about 20 minutes to a half-hour before you leave the house, and set them to return to your preferred temperatures 20 minutes to a half-hour prior to your return home.
Overnight: Program your heating or cooling adjustments to start an hour before you go to sleep and set them to return to normal comfort levels 30 minutes before your wakeup time.