Programmable Thermostats: High Energy Efficiency in Raleigh – Durham

Have you read the manual for your programmable thermostat? Have you misplaced your manual? Either way, the good news is that you can easily program the settings for your furnace to achieve the greatest efficiency this winter. At Carter Heating and Air, we will inspect your thermostat during a furnace tune-up in Raleigh, to make sure that the unit is working properly and the settings are maximized for efficiency. If you need a new manual, they are located on the web for your convenience. When you schedule maintenance for your heating system in Durham, your energy efficiency will improve when your furnace’s leaks are sealed and connections are tightened. Your thermostat settings also affect energy efficiency, and there are a few simple tips for setting your programmable thermostat that will make your life easier and bring comfort to your home.

It’s easy to program your thermostat, as it guarantees better energy efficiency in your home.

Check your system setting and make sure it is set to “Heat”. In the spring, switch it to “Cool”.

Make sure the date and time are correctly displayed. If not, select the correct day and time.

Select a daytime range, for when you are home (7AM – 10PM is a good range), and select the temperature that is comfortable and energy efficient (usually between 68-70 degrees).

Next, input a temperature that is a few degrees cooler for the late evening hours during the range of 10PM – 7AM, such as 65 degrees. Use wool blankets and thick window curtains to stay warm and comfortable at night.

Before you leave for a vacation, select the date range and temperature (usually between 50-60 degrees) that will provide energy savings while keeping your pipes warm.

Now that you have the recommended settings, you may be wondering about which type of programmable thermostat you own. At, the digital and electromechanical thermostats are described:

“Most programmable thermostats are either digital, electromechanical, or some mixture of the two. Digital thermostats offer the most features in terms of multiple setback settings, overrides, and adjustments for daylight savings time, but may be difficult for some people to program. Electromechanical systems often involve pegs or sliding bars and are relatively simple to program.”

Even if you are not an experienced IT Manager, you can perform the basic programming steps that will lead to greater efficiency when using a programmable thermostat. If you have questions or need assistance, schedule your annual furnace tune-up in Carrboro and surrounding areas with Carter Heating and Air, and our reliable and certified technicians will guide you through the programming options for your thermostat. If you are in need of a furnace replacement, we install and service a large variety of energy efficient furnaces to meet your daily heating requirements. Annual furnace safety inspections are recommended to ensure a safe and comfortable winter season. Take a huge step towards greater energy efficiency by calling us today at (919) 772-4456.

(Source: Energy Saver Thermostats,, November 6, 2014)

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