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How To Get the Most Out of Your Programmable Thermostat
If you have made the decision to get a programmable thermostat for your air conditioner, you are going to want to know how to get the most out of it.
If you find that you already have one but don't quite know how to use it, then you need to find that out, but you also have to be aware of certain tips that you can put into motion that will maximize the benefits.
Let's explore some of them.
* Make sure that you use it for what it was intended to do; that is to say, you should be able to set temperatures in such a pattern that when you are not at home, it is at an appropriate temperature that will save energy. And when you may not want or need the temperature to be so low, such as while you sleep, that you will also have the AC adjusted accordingly.
* Try to have that thermostat on an interior wall. What you want to avoid is to have it near a window, for example, where it can catch direct sunlight. You would also like to keep it out of the way of a skylight for that same reason. Appliances should also be avoided, because of the gases that could be thrown off. Areas that catch drafts, such as doorways, should also be avoided. We hope that leaves enough room to install the programmable thermostat!
* Know where the "hold" button is and how to use it. When you go away for an extended period of time, as you would on a vacation, set it and keep it at a temperature that is going to maximize efficiency for you.
* Settle on a pre-programmed schedule and try not to override it, even though you have the ability to do so manually. Again, your objective may be to save energy, and such a move may be counter-intuitive to doing that.
* If your house is zoned as far as the cooling is concerned, use the programmable thermostat on each zone of the house. You're really going to get the maximum benefit out of the device if you do that.
The first thing you do, of course, is to read the directions to figure out how to use it, or have someone show you how. You can access manuals or the internet that will give you a visual, or call an air conditioning professional. It's well worth doing.