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“Ever feel like the controls on your thermostat might as well be hieroglyphics? We hear you. Whether you have a programmable thermostat or a smart model, setting a schedule on it can be confusing. But it’s a task worth tackling: According to Energy Star, programming your thermostat can save you around $180 a year on energy costs.

Step 1: Know Your Schedule
First, check to see what cadence your thermostat can accommodate—daily, weekly, or weekday/weekend scheduling.

A daily—or seven-day—schedule lets you program a different schedule for each day of the week, and a weekly one uses an identical schedule seven days a week.

Step 2: Choose Your Temperature Settings
Keep that pad handy because next you’ll need to write down your desired temperatures for different times of the day. On your thermostat, these temperature setpoints are typically designated as “home,” “away,” and “sleep.””

Read more about programming your thermostat here.

Once you’ve determined what your typical schedule is like and preferred temperatures, it’s only a matter of building the schedule in your smart thermostat. This may be a simple as inputting information on a 24-hour basis. However, you may also want to consider your weekend habits and program accordingly based on those habits. Consulting the manual for your thermostat should help speed up that process.

Temperature Control Specialties offers the Comfortlink II smart control thermostat which comes with a variety of features. This includes Live weather forecasts and alerts and room-by-room controls. Call us at (317) 247-7663 or visit our thermostat page for more information.