Temperature settings are a personal choice, and those choices can affect your electric or gas bill. In addition, especially mercury thermostats can be a few degrees off depending on their placement in the home. Digital thermostats are slightly more complicated to operate but provide greater accuracy. Programmable thermostats provide the most options to automatically adjust temperatures to your schedule, but can also be complicated to program.
Whichever thermostat you have, Raleigh Heating and Air recommends keeping settings constant and not moving the temperature setting up and down throughout the day. There is misconception for instance, that one will save electricity by adjusting the temperature at night or when leaving during the day. In reality, when you put the temperature back to where you are comfortable, the system will have to run longer to accommodate that adjustment and any savings from your previous adjustment will be lost. Setting a thermostat at one setting and leaving it is certainly the most efficient way to set your system for day to day living. When adjustments are necessary, those adjustments should be limited to just a few degrees. Remember, your system can take up to 1 hour per degree to accommodate the adjustment. Large adjustments should be reserved for when you are going to be away from the home for a longer period of time. Click here to visit the Honeywell website for more info on operating your Honeywell thermostat.