- Conventional thermostats regulate temperature by trying to maintain one set temperature. When the temperature inside a building is above this set number the furnace turns off and when it is below, the thermostat turns the furnace on.
- Set-back thermostats contain an electronic clock that allows the furnace to be automatically turned on or off at a certain time of day. It can lower the temperature at night, when you’re sleeping or during the day when you’re out of the house. It can also be programmed to turn on the furnace before one awakes or returns home from work.
- The same principals apply in reverse for the summer time use of the set-forward thermostat. In this case, temperatures are allowed to increase at times when people are not at home.
- Research produced by the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology shows that the use of a set-back thermostat during the winter would result in energy savings ranging from five to fifteen percent.
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