Nancy  Kaplan
Nancy Kaplan
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  • Baltimore, MD
Asked on Mar 8, 2018

Thermostat question



I I want to decrease my heat to 62 at night and bring it up to 70 at 7 a.m. my thermostat lets me bring it up a few degrees for two more time intervals but the auxiliary heat pump kicks in. I am wondering if it is more cost-effective to not to lower the temperature and keep it consistent rather than having the auxiliary heat come on and use more energy to return to 70. The schedule only has four or five settings.

3 answers
  • Linda
    on Mar 8, 2018

    I recently got a Nest thermostat. Many things to love about it but one is that it learns the temps you like. They have two models I have the cheaper one about $170. It is easily operated from a smartphone to raise or lower temp or view stats. There are many other smart thermostats available it might be worth your time to google the subject. All the best!
  • Dfm
    on Mar 8, 2018

    William, who lurks around this site anserwed a few questions for me....he suggested to set the temp at one constant comfortable setting. The reasoning is, if you lower the temp over night and raise it in the am, your still going to use more energy getting the temp back up.
  • Redcatcec
    on Mar 11, 2018

    We have found a constant temperature where you are comfortable at is best as far as energy savings.
    If we go away for several days we lower the temperature by 2-3 degrees to conserve energy, but not to the point of where it is a sizable difference in range. We raise the temperature gradually upon returning and after being in the house for awhile, but not immediately because we are in and out unloading the car.
    Another thought would be to have an energy audit done on your house to see what level and location of heat/cold exchange you have, and what you can focus on to improve.

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