Your HVAC system is critical to the comfort of your home, but how long has it been since you updated your thermostat? Even an energy-efficient system can waste energy if it doesn’t have a programmable thermostat. These advanced thermostats maximize your control over the system, and they can save you tons of time and a significant amount of money.
Don’t Waste Energy While You’re Away
Did you know that you can reduce your energy bill by up to 15 percent just by changing the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away from home for eight hours or longer? This means turning your heat down by 10-12 degrees before you leave your home in the winter or adjusting the air conditioning a bit in the summer. If you have a full-time job and don’t make this modification daily, you can guarantee that you’re wasting energy. That translates to wasted money.
When altering the temperature manually, you can expect that life will get in the way or you’ll simply forget some days. You’ll also have to reset the temperature when you return home, leaving you to freeze or sweat it out while the temperature adjusts.
Programmable units make those changes automatically. It can also start the process of adjusting to your at-home temperature while you’re driving home from work or returning from a day out with friends. This translates to complete comfort without wasting energy while you’re away.
Programmable Thermostat Limitations
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can reduce your energy expenses by 10 percent if you reduce the temperature on your thermostat by at least seven degrees for eight hours each day of the week. You can save even more if you reduce the heat or air conditioning pouring into your home while you’re sleeping or when you go on vacation.
There are still some important limitations to note. For instance, you may need a specialized programmable thermostat if you have a heat pump. Radiant floor heating and steam heating systems may also present complications, so it’s important to talk to a professional to ensure that your new thermostat will deliver maximum control of your HVAC system.
If you’re ready to eliminate wasted energy and reduce your energy bill, check out the programmable thermostats offered by Farmer’s Heating & Air Conditioning. You’re also welcome to give our professionals a call at (843) 548-4304.