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Save Money with a Programmable Thermostat

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The expert technicians here at Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning are used to hearing customers in Germantown, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Clarksburg, and throughout MD ask, “How can I save money on energy bills?” Saving money on energy costs requires taking several steps, including scheduling timely AC tune ups. This ensures that your AC system is clean and functioning properly, which means your system will use less energy to run.

An immediate step you can take to save money on your energy bills is to schedule programmable thermostat installation with us. A programmable thermostat gives you the ability to adjust the times your air conditioner turns on or off according to a preset schedule.

ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Programmable Thermostats

By following ENERGY STAR guidelines for programmable thermostat use, you can save about $180 every year in energy costs—this helps you reduce your energy bills and enjoy a more comfortable home. Here are ENERGY STAR’s recommendations:

1. It is advisable to keep the temperature set at its energy savings set-points for long periods of time—at least eight hours—like during the day, when no one is at home, and throughout the night, after bedtime.

2. All thermostats let you temporarily make an area of your home warmer or cooler without erasing the preset programming. This override is cancelled automatically at the next program period. You actually use more energy (and pay more on your energy bills) if you consistently “hold” or override the preprogrammed settings—so avoid this as much as possible!

3. Programmable thermostats generally have two types of hold features: hold/permanent/vacation and temporary. ENERGY STAR recommends avoiding the use of the hold/permanent/vacation feature to manage day-to-day temperature settings. This is best used when you’re planning to be away for an extended period. Set this feature at a constant, efficient temperature when going away for the weekend or on vacation.

4. Cranking your unit to extreme temperatures—40 degrees in the summer or 90 degrees during the winter—will not cool or heat your home any faster. All it does is consume more energy, and ENERGY STAR recommends avoiding this if you want to save money.

5. If your home has multiple heating or cooling zones, you should use a programmed setback thermostat for each zone to maximize comfort, convenience, and energy savings throughout the house.

6. If your programmable thermostat runs on batteries, it’s important to remember to change the batteries each year.

If you have any questions or want to save money on your energy bills, call us or contact us online today for programmable thermostat installation in MD.

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