The Best Way to Set a Thermostat


The age old question on heating and cooling your home is "how do I set my thermostat?". According to, cutting the heat down in the winter and cutting the air down in the summer when you are gone all day, is not a bad thing. After years of research, it has been determined that you do not use more power or fuel to bring the house back to normal temperature after you get home. In that event, you need to use a programmable thermostat.

Things You'll Need

  • Programmable thermostat
  • Order a programmable thermostat to be installed with your heating and air conditioning. Have the installer go over the instructions with you.

  • Discuss and determine with your family when you are gone from home for long stretches of time. It could be during the day or night, according to your working schedules.

  • Program the thermostat to a warmer temperature for the air conditioner during that time, or a cooler temperature for the heating system for that span of time. This will save you money. Program the thermostat to go back to normal comfortable temperatures when you get home.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure everyone knows that, once programmed, the thermostat is off limits.
  • You can add a locked box over the thermostat so no one can change the temperature setting unless he or she has the key.

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