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Did you know that you can easily save money and energy simply by adjusting your thermostat?

The easiest way to do that is with a programmable thermostat. You simply set it and then it does the work to save you money on your utility bills year-round. The thermostat works with your air conditioner and heater continuously to keep your home comfortable. Which in turn, puts cash in your pocket and could save you 10% or more on utility bills.

Here are a few tips to consider when programming your thermostat for year-round maximum comfort-

  • During the winter, lower your thermostat by 10 to 15 degrees during the hours you are away from the home. This lower setting also includes the time while you are sleeping. If you are a cold sleeper, consider adding an extra blanket during winter months.
  • For warmer summer temperatures, set your thermostat to increase when you are away from the home. You can easily program your thermostat to switch the air conditioner back on 20-30 minutes before you arrive home.
  • Keep your thermostat in an optimal location. The placement of your thermostat will also determine its efficiency. Keep the thermostat away from direct sunlight and never place anything in front of the thermostat. Blocking a thermostat will keep it from reading your home temperatures properly and will directly affect its ability to function correctly.
  • Set your programmable thermostat to a lower or higher temperature while on vacation. If you know you will be traveling for an extended amount of time adjust your settings. There is no need to heat or cool an unoccupied home.
  • Make adjustments to your thermostat as needed. If you find that your schedule changes or your original settings are not fitting your needs, make adjustments until you find settings that work best for you and your home.

For optimal savings, the US Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer (energy.gov).

You will also save energy by having your furnace and air conditioner serviced regularly. A properly running machine will keep your utility costs low. If you have questions regarding which programmable thermostat is right for your home or need HVAC service contact Triple T today. You can easily reach us in Southern Utah at {F:P:Site:Phone.

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