How temperature setbacks and setforwards save you money
byon July 31, 2014
A temperature setback is when you lower your desired temperature before your Heat comes on. For example, if during the Home comfort setting you set your desired temperature for heat to be 72 Fahrenheit, you may want to have a 4 Fahrenheit setback during an Away period and have your heat come on only after the indoor temperature has reached 68 Fahrenheit. Why heat a home to a cozy 72 Fahrenheit when no one is around to enjoy it?
Similarly, a temperature setforward is when you increase your desired temperature before your Cool comes on. For example, if during the Home comfort setting if your desired temperature for cool is 76 Fahrenheit, you may want to have a 4 Fahrenheit setforward during an Away period and have your cooling come on only after the indoor temperature reaches 80 Fahrenheit.
Although you could manually adjust your thermostat each time, programming your schedule will automate the process. With the ecobee3, you can create as many comfort settings as you want, for each day of the week, each with different desired temperatures (and temperature setbacks/setforwards). Thanks to ecobee3’s Smart Recovery feature you never have to worry about your home being uncomfortable. ecobee3 will make sure your home is at a comfortable temperature before you arrive.
How much should I set my thermostat back or forward?
The larger your setback (for heat) or setforward (for cool), the lower your energy bill will be, thanks to reduced equipment runtimes. If you have pets, please be considerate of their well-being and comfort as well.