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Setting your Thermostat for Savings

Varying weather conditions in Ontario can really give your HVAC system a run for its money – literally. Summertime temperatures can reach uncomfortably high levels, especially when humidity is present, forcing homeowners to crank up the AC. By contrast, homeowners will crank up the heat in the winter when temperatures drop below freezing. 

For many homeowners, the act of turning off, turning on, turning up and turning down the thermostat can be damaging to both their wallets and HVAC systems alike. Fortunately programmable thermostats can help. Not only can they save you money, but they also help to regulate the temperature within your home without you having to give it much thought. The key however is to ensure you are using the thermostat correctly.

Here are a few tips to help you optimize your programmable thermostat settings: 

  • Determine whether a digital thermostat, electromechanical thermostat or a hybrid of the two is best for you. Digital varieties offer numerous features, but can be difficult to navigate. Electromechanical systems are relatively easy to program using sliding bars or pegs.
  • Avoid changing the temperature frequently. For increased energy savings, it’s important that you “set it and forget it.” That is, set the temperature for extended periods of time, such as when the family will be out for the entire day at work and school, or at night when you are sleeping.
  • Optimize your programmable thermostat settings by avoiding constant overrides. You can heat or cool an area temporarily by overriding your pre-set programming, without erasing the settings. However, don’t do this often. It will cost you more energy and dollar-wise.
  • Don’t “crank up” the heat or lower the temperature drastically. Most people think turning up the thermostat to 32.2 degrees when they’re cold or lowering it dramatically when they’re hot will help them feel more comfortable faster — but it won’t. You can achieve the same effect by moving the thermostat only a degree or two, without paying for it in energy costs. 

Optimizing your programmable thermostat settings can save you substantially on energy costs, without compromising your family’s comfort.

For more than 10 years, Reliance Home Comfort has provided residential HVAC products and services to customers all across Ontario. Contact us today and let us help you with all of your heating and cooling needs. 

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