Thermostat Tips and Tricks

In many homes now that the temperature has started to dip the thermostat might have become a point of issue. One person in the home wants the house warmer while someone else wants it colder to save on money. The thing that everyone can agree on is that heating your home while no one is there is a waste of energy and money

Programmable and smart thermostats allow you to set an away temperature. With a programmable thermostat, you have to manually go in to set the time for each day it’s supposed to go to "away". Smart thermostats like the Nest learning thermostat learn over time based on a week or so of manual temperature changes. Other smart thermostats including the Nest will go into "away" mode based on a cellphone GPS location. The upside of these is never having to manually change the thermostat. In some cases, the thermostat will start the heat the home before someone gets home so it'll warm and comfortable before you get home.

Some things to note, temperature swings should never be in excess of 6 degrees. If the at home setting is 68 then away should be no lower than 62 in the winter and 74 in the summer. Click here for more information on smart thermostats and smart homes.