Most people choose a programmable thermostat over a traditional thermostat to help manage energy costs. These devices save money by helping to cool or heat the home when rates are off-peak or when no one is home. Now there are thermostats that can even be accessed through an app, which means you can manage the temperature of your home right from your cell phone or tablet!
A programmable thermostat is designed to adjust the temperature in your home according to a series of programmed settings that take effect at different times of the day. For example, during the summer, this device may be set to allow the temperature in the house to rise during the workday when no one is home. It may then be set to turn on the air conditioning before you get home, allowing the house to be cool upon your arrival. The reduced cooling required during the day also means you’re saving energy during the peak outdoor temperatures and money when energy costs are highest. According to the Department of Energy, “You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 3-5°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.”
During the winter, the programmable thermostat may be set to a cooler temperature while the house is unoccupied during the day and at night after everyone has gone to bed. Just as in the summer with the cooling of the house, the programmable thermostat can be set to raise the temperature prior to your coming home in the evening or waking up in the morning.
The pre-programmed settings that come with this type of thermostat are intended to deliver energy and utility savings without sacrificing comfort. Depending on your family’s schedule, you can notice significant savings in a short period of time by merely adjusting those settings appropriately for your lifestyle. Think of a programmable thermostat as the energy command center of your home; it’s like the brain that tells your HVAC unit how and when to pump air through its ducts.
Using a programmable thermostat in your home is one of the easiest and least expensive ways you can save energy and money. The key to saving is in establishing appropriate settings that automatically reduce heating and cooling in your home when you don’t need as much. Maximize the efficiency of your heating and cooling system by installing this money saving device or allow John’s Refrigeration to install one for you. If John’s installs a programmable thermostat for you, we will program it for you based on your schedule.