The thermostat is used to automatically turn on a heater or air conditioner when the temperature in your home or office reaches a certain value. Experts agree that regular use of the thermostat can save significant amounts of energy on electricity. Set up the thermostat following the guidelines below.
Step 1. Make your schedule
Determine what time you usually leave your home (or work place) for an extended (at least 4 hours) time. Create a schedule based on 24/7 recordings for 7 days.
Step 2. Read the instructions supplied with your thermostat by the manufacturer
Many thermostats are easy to operate and do not require additional explanations, however, in this case, you should look at the instructions.
Step 3. Enter the time and date
In order for the programmable thermostat to work correctly, it is necessary to enter the current time and date into it. A flashing prompt will help you determine whether to enter the time in 12 or 24 hour format. The date format can also vary: day-month-year (European) or month-day-year (American).
Step 4. Program the thermostat for winter
- When you or someone else is at home and awake, set the thermostat to 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).
- For extended periods (4 hours or more), lower the thermostat temperature by 5-8 degrees Celsius (approximately 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit). This will save you 5 to 15 percent savings on your energy bills.
- Program the thermostat to start heating up the air 20-30 minutes before you or anyone else return home.
- Lower your temperature by 1.5-2.5 degrees Celsius (about 3-4 degrees Fahrenheit) while you sleep.
Step 5. Program the thermostat for summer
- Set the temperature to 25 degrees Celsius (about 78 degrees Fahrenheit) when someone is expected to be in the room.
- Set the temperature level 5-8 degrees Celsius (approximately 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit) higher when people are not in the room. This will save you on your electricity bills.
- Program the thermostat to start cooling the air 20-30 minutes before you or anyone else return home.
- Raise the temperature level by 1.5-2.5 degrees Celsius (about 3-4 degrees Fahrenheit) while you sleep.
Step 6. During the weekend you will have a different routine, consider this when programming the thermostat
When setting the thermostat for weekends and holidays, use the same principles as for weekdays.
Step 7. If you return home (or come to work) after hours, cancel the actions programmed by the thermostat
If your schedule has changed significantly and for a long time, you may need to reprogram the thermostat.
Step 8. If you have a non-programmable thermostat, you will have to adjust it every time you leave the house and come back
At the same time, you will not have at your disposal functions that allow you to warm up or cool the air in the room before you arrive, but planning is important in this case too.
- If the temperature regimes recommended above do not suit you, choose more comfortable ones.
- To operate the thermostat in milder climates, fewer modes with narrower temperature ranges are required.