Whether you are in the market for a new thermostat, or just looking for a way to reduce your energy bills, you should make the switch to a programmable thermostat. They may cost a little more initially, but within a year of owning one, you will start to see a return on your investment. Some of the benefits of installing a programmable thermostat include:
- Saves Money- Your monthly energy bills will begin to decrease because the systems are being used less often. The US Department of Energy found that setting back the thermostat 10%-15% for 8 hours every day can save you 10% on your energy bills annually. For most families this wouldn’t be a sacrifice because the home is either empty or everyone is asleep for at least 8 hours every day anyways.
- Saves the Earth- The more you set back the thermostat, the less energy you will use to run the HVAC units. Conserving energy lowers the amount of greenhouse gases that your furnace or air conditioner produces. That means that installing a programmable thermostat decreases your negative impact upon the Earth. The more people that switch over to this technology, the better it will be for the planet. Programmable thermostats do not contain mercury and are therefore more eco-friendly than an average thermostat before you even turn them on.
- Allows for multiple programs- Depending on the type of thermostat you purchase, you will be able to set programs that fit your schedule. You can have the air conditioner kick on a half hour before you walk in the door. So when you get home from work, you walk into a comfortable environment.
- More exact temperature- Older model thermostats can often read a different temperature than it actually is in the home. It is possible for the temperature to range within 5 degrees in either direction. With a programmable thermostat, the temperature you set will be the temperature that it is inside your home.
Which type of programmable thermostat works best for you?
7 day model- This style of programmable thermostat allows you to set a different program for each day of the week. If you have a busy family that has a different schedule for every day of the week, this is the programmable thermostat for you.
5-2 model- This style of programmable thermostat allows you to set one program for Monday through Friday and one program for Saturday and Sunday. This thermostat works best for people who work the same schedule all week, and have a different schedule for Saturdays and Sunday.
5-1-1 model- This style of programmable thermostat allows you to set on program for Monday through Friday, another program for Saturday, and another program for Sunday. This thermostat will work well for you if you are gone from the home at the same time Monday through Friday, and then have a separate schedule for Saturday and another for Sunday.
Programmable thermostats can get pretty fancy with their extra gadgets and gizmos, but any style of programmable thermostat will help you save money and energy in your home. If you are interested in making the switch to programmable, call Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning. Our expert servicemen will help you choose the right programmable thermostat for your schedule. There is no need to be apprehensive about new technology, Four Seasons will install your new thermostat and even walk you through setting the program. Before you know it, you will be saving money and saving the Earth with the help of your new programmable thermostat.