According to Energy Star, nearly half of energy costs are related to heating and cooling our homes. We all deserve to feel comfortable, but also need to be efficient. How much of that heated and cooled air is being directed to unused rooms and spaces?
One way to improve functionality (and save money) is to have a programmable thermostat installed in your home. Remarkably, fewer than 20% of homes with central air conditioning regularly use a programmable thermostat. Clearly, many homeowners are unaware of how effective they can be. In this article, we’ll dig in and talk about five benefits to using a programmable thermostat in your home.
Programmable Thermostats Save Money
Utility bills seem to increase every year, and it can be difficult for hard-working folks to keep up with the costs. By reducing your energy usage, you’ll keep a little extra money in your pocket. In the summertime, increasing the temperature of your home by a single degree can save two percent on your energy bill! In the winter, using less heat after everyone has gone to bed will reap similar rewards.
By creating settings that correspond with your family’s routine and that fit your lifestyle, you’ll avoid wasting money on heating empty spaces. Instead, you’ll provide and pay for the climate control that you need, when you need it.
Consistency is Key
While well-intentioned, we often miss the mark when we adjust our thermostats manually. As a result, the temperature inside our homes may fluctuate wildly, and we may use additional energy trying to compensate and balance things out.
Using a programmable thermostat provides a consistent temperature in all areas of your house. You won’t have to deal with hot or cold spots, allowing you and your family to relax and enjoy your home in comfort.
Reduce Wear and Tear
When your HVAC system is running at maximum capacity every day, all year round, it will wear out a lot faster. Repairs and replacements are costly, so it’s best to do what you can to make each component last as long as possible. By reducing the workload with a programmable thermostat, your HVAC won’t need to work as hard to get the job done.
Additionally, by maintaining consistent temperatures and humidity levels inside your home, you’ll also be protecting your major appliances and electrical systems from climate-related damage. Those items are costly, so it’s better to implement preventative measures than having to pay for repairs or replacements.
Get in the Zone
Another benefit to using a programmable thermostat is that you can create zoned heating and cooling areas in your home. For example, the kitchen and bathrooms could be one zone while your upstairs bedrooms could be another. The needs of each space
The benefit to this is that you can adjust the settings of each zone to be even more efficient. Rather than simply having your entire home on one schedule, you can break down your energy use even further by customizing for the needs of specific areas and rooms.
Set it and Forget It!
How many times have you stood in front of your thermostat, sweating from the summer heat, just punching the buttons in hopes of getting some cool relief? Most of the time, in our moments of discomfort, we choose a temperature that uses far more energy than we truly need — and then we forget about it until our teeth start chattering!
With a programmable thermostat, there’s no need to reply on guesswork. Instead, you’ll create a schedule that is effective and efficient, and your HVAC system will do the rest. All you’ll have to do is set it and forget it!
We’re Here to Help!
Tired of spending too much on your energy bill? The experienced technicians at W.G. Speeks can provide the education, information and training you need to maximize the benefits of your programmable thermostat. Don’t have one installed in your home? We can help with that, too!
Not only could this save you money on energy costs, but it could preserve the life of your HVAC system in the long run. It’s a win-win situation! W.G. Speeks offers a free consultation, so give us a call and set up an appointment. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you make the best decision for your family and improve efficiency in your home.