While we’re still officially in fall, the dropping temperatures and bare trees in Madison, WI, show that winter isn’t far away. Since many residents have revved up their heaters, boilers, or heat pumps, you may already be encountering expensive bills. Turn Down the Heat and Save No one likes being in a cold house all winter. On the other hand, no one likes paying costly heating bills, either. A programmable thermostat can help solve these problems by automatically adjusting the temperature according to a set schedule. For each degree you lower the temperature in your home (in the 60–70 degree range), you save anywhere from 1 to 5 percent on heating costs. While we often forget to turn the heat down before leaving for work or going to bed, a programmable thermostat ensures it happens. Simply buy this special thermostat and time it to your schedule. The timetable may look something like this:
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. —Temperature adjusts to 55 degrees; everyone is at work or school.
  • 4 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. — Temperature changes to 68 degrees because people return.
  • 10:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. — Temperature lowers to 62 degrees while everyone sleeps.
Users can program several fluctuations in temperature each day. Additionally, many models give you the flexibility to program one heating schedule for Monday–Friday, and a different one for the weekend. It’s also easy to override the settings, just in case you come home for lunch and want a burst of heat. Note that these thermostats function best in conjunction with HVAC heating systems. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends not using one if you use radiant floor heating or a heat pump. Expert Advice For more ways to heat efficiently, talk to the professionals at Abner Boiler & Heating Company. Located in Madison, we serve Stoughton, WI; Dane County, WI; and the surrounding areas. Our services include furnace repair and servicing, water heater installation, boiler maintenance, and more. Contact us at (608) 274-3077 to make an appointment. We look forward to serving you at AbnerHeating.biz.