Watch this video for energy saving tips for setting up and programming your Honeywell Thermostat including, ideal temperature settings, circulation and ventilation control, overall system management, schedule summary, vacation settings and more.
Today we’re going to show you how to work your thermostat. On the home screen you will see the inside temperature and humidity, the exterior temperature and humidity, the status of your system, and the temperature which your system is set at. You can temporarily go up and down on that temperature and put it in or you can have it follow schedule as this one is now.
The next tab is your fan, the fan should always be on automatic unless you have a temperature difference between upstairs and downstairs and you want to re-circulate the air to balance that out. If you want to do that you would press circulate. That’s going to circulate the air between up and downstairs about twenty percent of the time that the system is working.
The next screen is System. And the system, this is simply saying which system you are using at that time. Currently, we are using the cooling system. But if was during the winter obviously have it on Heat.
Automatic is not a setting typically that you would use if energy efficiency was your main goal. That is going to use more energy when you heat up your house at night when it gets cooler and cool it back down during the day.
The next is Menu. In Menu there’s four top areas in the menu [that] are the ones that you will use the most, the first one you are going to create and edit your schedule in. Very easy to walk through, it’ll walk through you all that system, [and] ask you the questions to be able to set that up.
The next button you can view the schedule summary, in other words what you have it set up to and what’s gonna happen. If you go on vacation it has a place where you can enter that vacation ahead of time and set your thermostat at one temperature so you can save energy during that time.
The last one is ventilation. Ventilation is very important because that’s the fresh air system in your home. Home’s are very energy efficient and the way we do that is to stop the air flow from the outside to the inside which can cause the inside air quality to be lower than it should be. So to refresh the air you need to have this, this works all by itself when the setting is on automatic.
The only time you would want to take this off the automatic and turn it off would be if you do not have air conditioning and it’s in the summertime and then you would want to regulate when your air is coming into the house and when it’s not. So obviously you’re bringing cold air in at night, opening your windows and then you’re shutting your windows during the day so the hot air stays out. Other than that it should always be on automatic and that is definitely the setting it should be on throughout the winter months.
Some energy tips just to go over with you:
Furnaces are ninety-five percent efficient, so you want to be careful at not use your fireplace for heating. Fireplaces are only eighty percent efficient and then they also send a lot of the heat out the flue. So that is not a way to turn off your furnace and heat with your fireplace will cost you about 30% more energy costs than it will be to use your furnace and condition your entire house.
The other thing you need to make sure you do not do is shut down vents in rooms and close them, your system is set up to heat your entire home at one time and you can actually shorten the life of your furnace by turning them off.
Each degree that you keep your temperature at in the summer time around seventy-four degrees to each degree that you keep it warmer it’s gonna save you about two percent energy. In the winter time the opposite effect, if you keep your house just a little bit cooler it’s gonna save you energy.