How to Update Your Thermostat

As seasons change in the Ozarks, we often get people asking about their thermostat settings. The system setting options vary based on your heating and/or cooling type, but these instructions (from our Lennox Elite Touchscreen) can be used to guide you in your thermostat settings.

lennox_thermostatHEAT −− Thermostat controls heating system.
OFF −− Both heating and cooling systems are off.
COOL −− Thermostat controls cooling system.
AUTO −− The thermostat switches the system from the heating mode to the cooling mode based on temperature.
EM HEAT −− Heat pump systems only −− Thermostat controls emergency heat and auxiliary heat, if needed.
ON −− Fan runs continuously. Use this setting for improved air circulation or for more efficient central air cleaning.
AUTO −− Fan runs only when heating or cooling system is on.
CIRC −− Fan runs randomly approximately 35% of the time. Use this setting for improved air circulation or for more efficient central air cleaning when you do not want the fan to run continuously

Program Your Heating and Cooling Schedule
Many thermostats can control up to four different schedule periods per day:
Wake −− Time when you awaken and want your home at a
comfortable temperature.
Leave −− Time when you leave the home and prefer an energy−saving
temperature setting.
Return −− Time when you return home and want your home to return to a more comfortable temperature setting.
Sleep −− Time when you are asleep and prefer an energy−saving temperature setting.
NOTE − Schedule times are in 15−minute intervals.

1 − Press the SCHED key. The SCHEDULE screen will be displayed.
2 − Press the EDIT key. The screen will change to display the days of the week across the top.
3 − Select any combination of days to edit. You may select multiple days. These should be days that you wish to follow the same schedule. Check marks appear next to the days that are selected. After the first day is selected, the SCHEDULE
screen returns to the display.
4 − Press the WAKE key. The WAKE key will flash to show it is selected.
5 − Press the UP and DOWN keys to modify time and heat and cool temperatures shown on the screen.
6 − Press LEAVE key and repeat step 5.
7 − Press RETURN key and repeat step 5.
8 − Press SLEEP key and repeat step 5.
NOTE − The FAN setting can be programmed for ON, AUTO or CIRC for each period selected. See following page for more information about fan setting options.
9 − Press DONE key when finished. Saving changes screen appears to indicate that schedule changes are being saved to the days selected.
10 − Repeat steps 1 through 9 to set a program schedule for the remaining days of the week. Example: If Mon − Fri was selected first, repeat steps 1 through 9 to program Sat and Sun.
To exit the schedule without saving changes, press CANCEL key at any time.


Ideal Temperature for Home Thermostat

Programmable thermostats can make a big savings impact on your energy bill if used properly. However, many homeowners are unaware how to make the most of their programmable thermostats. Knowing the ideal temperature during the times you’re at home, away, sleeping or during the changes of seasons is the key to increasing your energy savings.

We are most comfortable with environments in the range of 70 app-tempto 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months. These temperatures are an ideal setting for waking hours. At times we are sleeping, adjust the scheduled thermostat to jus a few degrees higher – doing this for increments of 8 hours can significantly reduce energy costs. Adjust the thermostat similarly if you’re away from the home for long periods. It’s important to keep in mind that a 3-5 degree adjustment is the most that should be made. Otherwise, the system will overcompensate for the temperature adjustment when trying to return to cooler temperatures and your energy savings will be lost.

design-home-interior-couch-largeIn winter months, our bodies adjust to cooler temperatures and are most comfortable at 68 degrees. Keeping your thermostat within a comfortable range of 65-68 during waking hours and just a few degrees lower during sleeping hours will offer similar energy-saving benefits as raising the temperature in the summer.

If you plan on vacationing or leaving the home for longer periods of time, read our tips on adjusting your thermostat for vacation.

Adjusting Your Thermostat For Vacation

If you’re planning on taking a long weekend trip or extended vacation, it’s important to remember to adjust your thermostat. By turning the thermostat up a few degrees, you can save some money on your next bill. Ideally, an adjustment of four degrees from your normal temperature is a sufficient difference.

Lennox-Thermostat-Joplin-CarthageBefore you leave on your summer vacation, add four degrees to your normal thermostat settings. If you are normally comfortable with a 72 degree setting, bump it up to 76 degrees. But don’t turn it off completely or set it too high. A sharp change in humidity or heat can damage the structure of your home through mildew, warped sheetrock or worse.

Besides, if you set it too much higher, it could make the house harder to cool when you return. The savings you earned while away will be wasted by the energy it will take to cool back down.

Before your next winter vacation, do the same…only in the opposite direction. When you’re headed out for a winter trip, set the temperature slightly lower than would be comfortable. Four degrees is a good measure of adjustment – so if you normally leave your thermostat at 69, lower it to 65. Again, adjusting it too far could cause damage to the home.

vacation-camp-joplin-carthageWhatever you do, don’t shut the system down when you leave. Your heat pump will have to work twice as hard to warm up when you return. If you have a gas furnace, an adjustment of six to eight degrees is acceptable. The energy savings from adjusting your thermostat while away on vacation will make a difference in your next bill. You could save even more money when you replace your thermostat.

New thermostats allow you to change your temperature while away with apps. That way, if there’s a heat wave while you’re gone, you won’t have to worry about your home. Plus, you can adjust the temperature before you return so you come in to a perfectly comfortable home – not too hot, not too cold!

Other models without the apps offer programming in advance so you can plan ahead for your return.

Call us today to learn more.

Even without an app, many programmable thermostats have hold settings or day and time selections that will allow you to begin the cooling process again a few hours before you return.