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Best Recommended Thermostat Settings

Programmable thermostats from P. Gagnon make it easy!

thermostat temperature maineEnergy prices have been going up this year, and you likely have been feeling the financial pinch.

With this winter forecasted to be a “season of shivers,” you may also be shivering over your possible heating bills. But you don’t have to put on 10 layers of L.L. Bean to keep your heating costs under control.

A programmable thermostat from P. Gagnon & Son helps you manage your home’s heating, as well as your heating costs, while keeping your home warm, safe, and comfortable.

Today’s programmable thermostats offer a precise temperature control an old-school dial thermostat cannot match. They also are the ultimate in convenience. Just program the thermostat, and your work is done! You no longer need to worry about your heating costs if you forget to turn down the thermostat before you leave for the day, because your thermostat did it for you!

Even with a programmable thermostat, you must use the best settings for maximum efficiency. You can save 10% on your heating costs if you program your thermostat correctly, which gives you a big relief this year.

Here’s what the U.S. Department of Energy recommends for thermostat settings.

  • When you’re at home and awake, set the thermostat for 68°F
  • Lower temperatures by 10° for the hours you’re asleep or away from home

Get year-round savings with a programmable thermostat

If you have central air conditioning, programmable thermostats help you keep your cooling costs under control as well! Here’s what the Department of Energy recommends for you to do with your air conditioning temperature settings.

  • When you’re at home and awake, set the air conditioning to 78°F. That keeps the house cool without using too much energy.
  • Increase the air conditioner setting to 85˚ during the hours you’re out of the house. Don’t turn the A/C off, because it will have to work harder and use more energy to cool your home when you get back if the temperature goes above 85˚.

Enjoy the comfort and savings a programmable thermostat offers. Contact P. Gagnon & Son today to arrange an installation!