Programming Your Thermostat When the seasons change, it’s not always easy to keep your Satsuma, Alabama, home comfortable. Program your thermostat properly to maintain a stable temperature and manage the shifts in climate outside.

Pick the Right Thermostat

If you have a thermostat on the wall that you don’t know how to use, you’re much less likely to program it. There are several options, including seven-day programming, 5-1-1 programming or weekly programming. The seven-day programming option works well for homeowners with changing schedules, as it offers more flexibility. You can program a different schedule for each day of the week. The 5-1-1 programming schedule uses the same settings for weekdays and different settings for Saturday and Sunday. If your schedule stays consistent, the weekly programming makes it easier to keep the same settings every day of the week.

Change Settings for the Seasons

To maintain comfort while trimming your bills, change your thermostat settings to correspond with the seasons. During the late spring and summer months, keep your AC set around 78 degrees when you’re home. As the winter comes around, drop the thermostat to 68 degrees when you’re at home. Set it 10 to 15 degrees lower when you’re away or asleep. Making these simple changes to your thermostat will help keep your utility costs under control without having to make manual adjustments.

Let the Thermostat Do Its Job

If you’re constantly adjusting the temperature, it defeats the purpose of a programmable thermostat. When you set it, try to leave it alone as much as possible. Manually overriding the temperature causes the system to kick on more often, which can waste more energy. If you don’t like the way your home feels at a specific setting, you can always adjust your programmed settings. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, or if you aren’t using it to maximize your home’s cooling and heating system, give Air Specialty a call at 251-545-3337. Our NATE-certified service technicians are happy to discuss your options for improving comfort while managing HVAC costs.  
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