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Programmable thermostats permit homeowners to set temperatures ahead of
time. These thermostats can store unique settings for different times of
the day. For instance, in the summer, when homes are not occupied, they
do not need to be as cool. Thus, if no one is home during the day,
thermostats can be set to automatically increase temperatures. This
saves energy and money. Later in the day, thermostats can automatically
lower temperatures, which will cool the home before homeowners return.
Programmable thermostats can also be used during the colder months.
However, on extremely cold winter days, some forced air heating units
struggle to keep homes warm enough, and they are often running
constantly. On these days, if thermostats automatically turn off in the
middle of the day, the system may not have enough heating capacity to
recover and heat the home by the evening. Therefore, on the coldest days
of the year, consider maintaining a steady temperature throughout the
Insulation. Insulation helps
maintain consistent temperatures, and poorly insulated homes waste both
energy and money. Insulation lessens the amount of heat or air
conditioning that is required to maintain ideal temperatures. Adding
insulation to a poorly insulated home substantially reduces the home’s
energy bills. In addition, adding weathstripping around doors and
windows and hanging thicker curtains can further help deter heat loss in
the colder months.