Planning a trip requires checking a lot of tasks off your to-do list. One important task to include is programming your thermostat for your absence. After all, what’s the purpose of cooling your home in the middle of the hot Arizona summer if no one will be home to enjoy it?
Programmable thermostats allow you to pre-program the temperatures in your home, down to the day of the week and time of day. You can, for example, set a higher temperature for the duration of each weekday–while you are at work and your children are at school—so that you’re not spending money cooling an empty house. Then, program the thermostat to resume a comfortable temperature about an hour before the first person is due home so they can walk through the door into a comfortable home.
While you’re away on a family vacation, you may not want to turn the air conditioning completely off or it could become overwhelmingly hot in your home. Consider setting the thermostat to about 85 degrees Fahrenheit to stave off temperatures any hotter than this while you’re away. You undoubtedly know the day–and possibly even the time!–that you’ll be returning from your vacation, so you can program your thermostat back to a comfortable temperature in anticipation of your arrival.
When set to reduce your cooling requirements while you’re away, a programmable thermostat will help you lower your cooling bills, thereby allowing you to save money that could be put to good use on your vacation. At the same time, you won’t come home to a swelteringly hot house, but rather a comfortable and cool home thanks to the programmable nature of these thermostats.
Many programmable thermostats are Energy Star-certified, which can save you even more money on your heating and cooling costs all year long. For more information about having a programmable thermostat installed in your home before your next family vacation, contact Rite-Way Ventilating Co.in Tucson.
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