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Heating Tips: Best Thermostat Setting for Optimal Home Comfort

When the weather cools down outside, many homeowners want to make their homes warm and comfortable inside, but do not want to pay tremendous heating bills. One way to optimize the efficiency of the furnace or heat pump is to find the best thermostat setting for the home.

Depending on which kind of a thermostat you have, you may be able to automate your home’s temperature at different times throughout the day.

Manual Thermostats

Find the best thermostat setting for your optimal home comfort and leave it there.

If your furnace is more than 20 years old, it may still have a manual thermostat. If your heating system is not compatible with a thermostat upgrade, you will have to adjust it manually. You may need to set an alarm on your phone or tablet to remind you to turn down the heat before you leave for work and when you go to bed at night to find the best thermostat setting. You can decrease the temperature to about 70 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit when you are sleeping or away from the house.

Programmable Thermostats

Newer heat pumps and furnaces come with a programmable thermostat. You can set up a schedule based upon your thermostat’s built-in features. Most thermostats offer a weekend and weekday scheduling system with separate entries for morning, day, evening and night temperatures. This means you do not have to make adjustments during each part of the day and before you leave or go to sleep to obtain the best thermostat setting.

Automated Home Control Systems

Some of the newest furnaces and heat pumps on the market will work with automated home control systems. These systems integrate mechanical devices such as your furnace, heat pump, air conditioner and security system.

You can control the temperature of your home with any device that has a Wi-Fi connection. The control system alerts you of problems, reminds you to schedule maintenance, and updates you when the heating system’s air filter needs to be replaced.

Whatever thermostat you have, you can always seek help from heating professionals like Brown & Reaves Services, Inc. in Myrtle Beach for maintenance and even installation, should you opt for a new one. Call us today at 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form to schedule a service call to make sure your Myrtle Beach heating system is ready for the winter ahead.

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Programmable Thermostats Help Save Energy

Programmable thermostats can save on your heating and air conditioning costs by automatically adjusting the temperature setting for your home.

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.

How Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Money

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.

You can easily save energy in the winter by setting up your programmable thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and set the programming lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates like we have here in the Myrtle Beach area than for those in more severe climates.

In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.

There are telephone thermostats available now connecting your heating and cooling system to your phone line. You simply have to call your property and enter a password on a touch-tone phone to access the controls. Then, you can adjust not only the temperature setting but the entire system mode as well.

Programmable Thermostats like this one by Ecobee should be installed by a professional HVAC Contractor like Brown and Reaves ServicesWith the advent of the smart phone and their handy applications, or apps, you can bypass the land line altogether to control your home’s temperature. Wi-fi based smart thermostats are available now and allow users to control their home’s thermostat with the help of a touch-screen smart phone. There are quite a few apps already available, and like most smart phone apps, they aren’t very expensive, with a range of free to a few dollars.

Although programmable thermostats like the one you see pictured here (by ecobee) controlled by smart phone apps are available and can be installed yourself, many people are finding it’s not as easy to install as the manufacturer would have you believe. If you find this to be the case, or if you just want to have your programmable thermostat installed by a professional, call Brown and Reaves Services,  (843) 497-9867,  and let us help you install your new programmable thermostat for you.  We are contractors for the ecobee Smart Thermostats in Myrtle Beach and Conway. And remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook.

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