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    So I was curious as to what settings people use for programers with their heating system.
    I have a 3 settings option for weekdays and two seperate weekend settings.

    For the weekday I set my heat to come on 1/2 hour before I wake to 64, it shuts off the minute I leave. Then it's set to stay at 55 all day while I am out.
    Then I have it turn back on 1/2 before I would normally get home at 62.
    Then around bedtime and the temp goes down to 60.

    Weekends are slightly diff with the heat going on at 8am to 62 and remaining at 62 all day unless I leave, then I drop it manually to 58. bedtime it goes back to 60.

    What do you do to conserve as far as programing?
    I have been keeing the temp a little low and just wearing a sweatshirt which is comfortable for me, when company comes over i will turn it up to 65 which I think is perfect.

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    Heat programing ?

    I have 4, wake(65), leave(55), return(62), sleep(55), weekends are harder to predict so i keep it cooler and manually adjust it if I'm home....i swear by these things...i know i have save a shit load of money since I've had the programmable thermostats.......

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    Heat programing ?

    i read somewhere that you burn more oil with bigger fluctuations in temperature. basically the boiler works harder to get the house up to temperature. maybe that's not true, but it makes sense to me. that said, i keep the house at 60 during the day, 62 at night and 66 in the morning.

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    thats probably true in some cases but my house was the old town library, it's small, a 100 years old and not that efficient....it doesnt take that long to for the boiler to heat my house up...it kicks on a lot less now...

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    I took almost $60 a month off my gass bill by putting in the programmable thermostats. Weekdays - 60 at night, 65 for an hour in the morning, 60 during the day, 65 from 5:30 until 10:30 PM. Weekends - 60 at night, 65 from 7:30 AM until 10:30 PM.

    Cellulose blinds and storm doors help also. My house is 10 years old, and has a five star energy rating. Older places can leak like syves...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigred875 View Post
    thats probably true in some cases but my house was the old town library, it's small, a 100 years old and not that efficient....it doesnt take that long to for the boiler to heat my house up...it kicks on a lot less now...
    oh yeah? <hands bigred a cookie>

    you should probably be more concerned with your electric bill considering how often you leave that 360 on.

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    Another supporter of electronic thermostats. I saved me about 1 tank of oil last winter and I moved in mid February. Mine has two 6-slot profiles you can switch between. At night I keep the house at 55. On weekdays temp goes up to 60 fifteen minutes before my wife and I get up and drops to 55 when we leave. Around 3:30 it is back to 60 until 11:30 when it drops to 55 for the night. On weekends between 7:30 a.m. and midnight it is at 60 and drops to 55 at night.

    If I know I'm going to be away for a while, there is a hold setting so it stays at 55.

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    I have mine set at 66 when I first get up in the morning, then it drops to 52 for the day (the house is insulated well enuf, the actual temp only goes down to 57 or 58 so that tells me my furnace never comes on all day) I have it go back up to 66 again in the evening, and 58 at night when I'm sleeping

    weekends, I have it set to 60 in the day, everything else stays the same

    I burn wood whenever I'm home, I use a tank of oil at most for the heating season

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    Heat programing ?

    You guys are convincing me to get programmable thermostats. I had heard the same thing that Bump909 mentioned and figured they were more of a gimick.

    Any particular brands that you recommend (obv. keeping features in mind, like # of presets). Or pretty much whatever is avail at HD/Lowes/etc...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bump909 View Post
    oh yeah? <hands bigred a cookie>

    you should probably be more concerned with your electric bill considering how often you leave that 360 on.

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    Heat programing ?

    My brother is a certified HVAC tech. He said that you don't want your temperatures to fluctuate too much because the boiler has to work harder to get the house up to temp. 5 to 10 degree difference.

    Here's what I do:
    Wake 65
    Leave 60
    Return 65
    Sleep 63

    Weekend Wake 65
    Weekend Sleep 63

    Damn a lot of you guys run cooler temps. I was thinking about dropping the temp down at night when I'm sleeping.

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    interesting:
    Thermostat Settings

    I think I'm going to reprogram tonight when I go home:
    Wake 65
    Leave 55
    Return 65
    Sleep 55

    When i think about it, my bed keeps me nice and tosty so there's no need to have the heat at 60 when I'm sleeping.

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    55 is a great sleeping temperature.

    I would drop the house to 50 at night if I didn't have dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBoyBilly View Post
    interesting:
    Thermostat Settings

    I think I'm going to reprogram tonight when I go home:
    Wake 65
    Leave 55
    Return 65
    Sleep 55

    When i think about it, my bed keeps me nice and tosty so there's no need to have the heat at 60 when I'm sleeping.
    you should show this link to your brother....haha

    Fiction: It costs as much or more to heat a home back up after a setback. (Or to cool the house after a summer setup.)

    Fact: The longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more heat you save.

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    Heat programing ?

    My wife is in charge of it I just installed it. I know it get pretty chilly at night in the house (we have alot of blankets) and if I am home during the day and she is not I have to turn it up. I like it to be around 70 but you guys bring up good points and I am gonna try for 65.

    The house was worse before we had insulation blown in. Just Plaster and Lat before 2005.

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    Heat programing ?

    I've had mine set at 55 sence the day it's been on...and thats just to keep the pipes from freezing if/when I'm not there. If I want it warmer, I add wood to the woodstove and the house will stay 65-70

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    62 night 70 when home never kicks on @ night unless its bitter cold. I looked @ a old heating bill 1998 .74 a gal. I use 375 or less a year.

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    Heat programing ?

    My brother is a certified HVAC tech. He said that you don't want your temperatures to fluctuate too much because the boiler has to work harder to get the house up to temp. 5 to 10 degree difference.
    That's horse shit.... a boiler / furnace works at a constant rate..... it doesn't work harder or any less. It justs runs longer initally to get the heat up to temperature in any house. The average boiler / furnance lasts 15 to 20 years. With a 30% savings by using a programmable thermostat at $2,000 a year in average heat costs saves $600+ per year. So to save $600 a year for 15 years saves you $9000. You can buy 2 to 4 boilers / furnaces for that cost!

    Acutally there is a another argument stating that the On/Off cycles increase by not having a programmable thermostat. The On/Off cycles created by constantly trying to maintain a constant temperature adds the wear tear to a boiler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBoyBilly View Post
    because the boiler

    no boiler in my heating system

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    Heat programing ?

    I used to keep lower temps like you guys... never above 64 and usually hovering in the mid - upper 50s

    Then I got married and the programs all got bumped up a few degrees.

    Then we had a baby and the temps got bumped up a few more degrees.

    Now:

    64 at night
    66 in the morning
    64 during the day
    68 evening

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