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Posted on: March 15th, 2013 by zach

Question: At what temperature should I set my thermostat at and what are the benefits of a programmable thermostat?

Temperature settings depend on the time of year and your personal preferences. In the summer, the average temperature setting is 23°C-26°C. In the winter 20°C-22°C is the norm. Remember, when leaving your house; try to avoid drastic temperature changes. Do not set your temperature back more than 5°; this will cause your unit to work harder to reach your desired temperature setting.

Because they are electronic, programmable thermostats are more accurate and efficient than thermostats that contain mercury. Plus, they allow you to automatically control the temperature in your home at different times of day without you ever having to touch your thermostat. There is a LiveSmart BC rebate available that ends March 31st 2013 for homeowners who replace a minimum of five thermostats for electric baseboards with electronic thermostats. Contact your preferred heating company to find out more at 604.283.2383.

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