How do you use your thermostat? You've probably heard about how thermostats can save you money on energy bills, but there's a lot of misinformation out there. Here are several myths you may not know about – and why everything depends on your own set-up.

Myth: Programmable thermostats will always save you money.

Truth: A programmable thermostat can save you money, but that doesn't mean it will. If you carefully program the thermostat to change throughout the day and from season to season, your chances of saving money are much higher, but there are many other factors at play as well. Buying a programmable model isn't an instant key to monthly savings.

Myth: The best way to save money is to leave thermostats at one temperature.

Truth: This may work well in very mild climates where you can find a perfect balance. For most people, however, programming thermostats – especially turning it down at night and in the day when you aren't home – can save more. But every home is a little different: Drastic changes in settings can also do more harm than good.

Myth: Turning up thermostats to high temperatures like 90 degrees warms your house faster.

Truth: This isn't so much a myth as a byproduct of impatience: The average thermostat will probably not heat or cool a house faster because it's turned up high: The system works just as hard no matter what.

Myth: Turning down thermostats is only worth it for long periods of time (at night, etc.).

Truth: This also depends on the house and HVAC system. Today's newer models are efficient and speedy, so turning down temperatures – or up, depending on the season – for brief periods of time can still save money. Older HVAC units may struggle, however.

Since every thermostat and house is different, some targeted advice can be very useful! For more information, Ragsdale will be able to help you make important thermostat decisions.

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