Adjusting to the seasons is one thing, but constantly adjusting your thermostat to match the day’s temperature is another. The quick shift in degrees can cause your heating and cooling bills to quickly rise, and you end up wasting money on your thermostat, especially while you are away or sleeping. To avoid spending extra money on your energy bills, consider installing a programmable or “smart” thermostat. Here are some of Warner Service’s favorite benefits to a programmable thermostat in your home:
- Programmable thermostats allow homeowners to fine-tune the temperature in their homes during all hours of every day. This allows for an optimal level of comfort while at home, and saving money by automatic adjustments when away. For example, you can set your device to warm your home in the winter before you come from work or put it at a holding temperature while you are on vacation. You can also set separate rooms to different temperatures if your provider installs it correctly. No more sacrificing personal comfort for your wallet.
- These appliances are easy to read and easy to use as most come with user-friendly digital displays and are run on battery power. The batteries should be changed at least once a year. Some models are also Internet and Wi-Fi compatible, so homeowners can change the settings from their computer, smartphone or tablet. Newer devices even come with microprocessors that alert you when it is time to change your air filter.
- Programmable thermostats are meant to be energy-saving machines, so homeowners pocket an average of an extra $150 to $200 per year. These devices will lower your energy bills by maximizing the HVAC efficiency in the home. However, try not to use the manual override setting as it could end up costing you more in the long run. Smart thermostats are also highly dependable, so you will spend less money on replacements and repairs. Homeowners should install the thermostat away from heating or cooling vents, appliances that generate a lot of heat, electronics, open doorways and direct sunlight for the most effective use.
Tip: If your home has zoned cooling and heating, install the programmable thermostat in each zone, especially if you have rooms that are unoccupied for long periods of time, such as an empty spare bedroom or the unfinished basement.
- Programmable thermostats are safer for your home. Older, non-digital thermostats contain the highest amount of mercury found in any household object. Without the mercury, programmable thermostats also help reduce the carbon footprint. They get rid of 6 to 8 tons of the chemical that ends up in landfills and do not rely on greenhouse gas emissions.