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07_24_13When it comes to air conditioning, there’s an easy way to save money on your energy bills this summer: install a programmable thermostat. Using a programmable thermostat will help you resist the urge to constantly adjust the air conditioning, and help reduce those high summer energy bills.

Setting your thermostat: Normal programming

When deciding how to program your thermostat, first look at your family’s schedule. Note the times of day when the house is empty. Set back the temperature while you’re away from the house or sleeping, then program it to return to a daytime comfort setting before you awake or return home. For example, if you arrive home from work at 5 p.m., it can be programmed to start cooling down your home around 4:30 p.m. so that it feels comfortable by the time you walk through the door.

Your settings will depend on personal preference, but every degree you set back your thermostat over an eight-hour time span can save you 1 percent on your energy bill. It will take some adjusting, but the goal is to avoid constantly adjusting your air conditioning, which wastes energy.

Setting your thermostat: Using the override function

Nobody’s schedule stays the same every day, so sometimes you will need to manually adjust your pre-programmed settings. Most programmable thermostats are equipped with an override function that lets you temporarily change the temperature. If you find yourself constantly using this feature, you may need to take a look at your settings and do some fine-tuning. Your thermostat should automatically return to your programmed settings after a set period.

Setting your thermostat: Vacation mode

For longer trips away from home, many thermostats also have a vacation mode. This is handy if you will need to override your existing programming for a period of several days.

If the thought of installing or setting up your programable thermostat is overwhelming, let our qualified technicians at Crawford Services walk you through it step by step. Helping you make the most of the air conditioning in your Dallas area home is our top priority.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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