10 May Programmable Thermostats
Did you know that one of the best investments you can make to lower your home’s energy bills (aside from an efficient furnace or new forced air system) is a programmable thermostat? It’s true. 50% of our energy bills goes to heating/cooling. A programmable thermostat can save you oodles of money on your energy bills, and here’s how.
First, a programmable thermostat can be programed to go on and off, to set itself to lower temps when you’re away and normal, comfy temps when you’re home. If you are away at work all day, and no one else is going to spend time in the home throughout the day, you can program your thermostat to keep the house ten degrees cooler than your preferred at-home temps.
This will save lots of money, approximately 10% every year according to energy.gov. Set the temp to come up to comfortable standards minutes before you arrive home, and you’ve saved money and saved energy, and you did it all at no sacrifice to your own comfort. Impressive. In the summer months, you can do the same to cool your house.
Now, manual thermostats can essentially be used in the same way: you can adjust the heat or cool air manually, turning the dial or moving the switch, however, you will have to do this every single time you want to make an adjustment, and, say, if you want the house warm by the time your alarm sets off in the morning, a programmable thermostat can keep the house cooler while you sleep, then readjust the temps to warm just before you wake. So, it’s also convenience.
A seasoned home DIY’er can replace an older, manual thermostat with a new, modern, programmable thermostat easily. However, if you are unsure how to work around electricity, unsure how to handle wiring and the mounting of the thermostat to the wall, it’s best to call the experts at Expert Air Conditioning & Heating to do the job.
If you have any other questions as to how a programmable thermostat will work in your home with your particular heating and cooling system, call Expert Heating today.