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How To Correctly Use A Programmable Thermostat

June 5, 2020 | Blog

Having a programmable thermostat is bit more complex than turning it on and leaving it be. Learning how to properly use it will make your life easier and your home more energy efficient – a win for everyone. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are in need of thermostat services and thinking of switching to a programmable thermostat.

How They Work

Programmable thermostats work on a schedule, tracking wake time, sleep time, when you leave and when you return. Most are set to the typical American-family life, a 9-5 schedule – so start by adjusting the times to what your day-to-day life routine looks like.

The next decision is the temperature you would like your home at a specific time. That also depends on the occupancy or how many people are in a room at a given time. Before buying a programmable thermostat, chart out your weekly activity, tracking when you enter and leave the room, so that scheduling your temperature times is easier and more accurate based on your movement.


When it comes to scheduling, there are some important tips to keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient all at once. For example, be sure to turn up the temperature 20 or 30 minutes before leaving and turn down the temperature 20 to 30 minutes before you arrive back home. (When not at home, it’s typically recommended you program the thermostat at 78 degrees.) Don’t forget to set the temperature for your preferred comfort while sleeping. Scheduling is all based on your comfort, but you’ll see the biggest reduction in energy use when you’re not at home.

The major perk of having a programmable thermostat is that the work you have to do stops at scheduling. The system handles the rest.


When you are in need of thermostat repair and are thinking of switching over to a programmable thermostat, you’re going to be saving more money in the long term. With creating a schedule that maps out when you’re in and out of the home and being aware of your energy spending, your electricity bill will lower and your home will be more energy-efficient.

Call Go Green Heating and Cooling today to speak to the best AC company of Austin to learn more about how you can get started on installing a programmable thermostat.

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