Heating and cooling is the biggest energy expense in the average home. Various studies have confirmed that a programmable thermostat can significantly reduce energy usage in a home, but only if used correctly.
(If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, the Nest thermostat is a great option. Learn more about it here).
Energy savings are particularly pertinent for households in Ontario. Heating and cooling a home uses the vast majority of energy in the average Canadian home, on average 65 percent. In Ontario, heating alone consumes nearly half of the energy used in the home. Of course when temperatures hit minus 15 to minus 25 degrees Celsius in January and February, reliable heating is imperative.
However, you can be smarter about how you heat your home, which is where a programmable thermostat becomes an invaluable money-saving tool. Heating and cooling your house at a regular comfort level while you’re away is a needless waste of energy; using a programmable thermostat allows you to leave the home heated or cooled several degrees lower or higher while you are away. Your HVAC system will simply turn on in time to warm up for your return. Another common use of a programmable thermostat is to turn down the temperature when you’re asleep and less likely to be exposed to the chill.
One of the biggest misuses of the thermostat is manually changing the settings rather than allowing the pre-set programming to function normally. A study by GasNetworks, a U.S. energy company, found that micromanaging thermostats consumed a lot more energy than leaving them at set points. When you use the “hold” feature to nullify the programming you’re basically defeating the main purpose of these devices.
Another important thing to keep in mind when programming a thermostat is to avoid setting temperatures that are too high or low. twenty degrees Celsius is likely warm enough for the winter, but many households choose higher settings that gobble up energy unnecessarily.
A programmable thermostat is just one way to improve home energy efficiency. To learn more about reducing the cost of heating your home, please contact us at Reliance Home Comfort. We are dedicated to providing the best HVAC service to homeowners in your area.