thermostatIf you are still using a thermostat from the last century or a non-programmable model of any age, then it’s time to talk about an upgrade. There’s no reason to be manually adjusting the temperature every day or to be fiddling with an outdated controller. Programmable thermostats automate your temperature settings, and today’s models are better at bringing your home to the desired temperature at the time you’ve selected without wasting energy. The icing on the cake comes from high-end features like smartphone access, Wi-fi integration, and adaptive learning. Even if you prefer a simple thermostat, you may be able to reduce your utility bills by replacing an old or manual thermostat with a new programmable version.

Programmable and Wi-Fi Thermostats

Thermostats now come with a wide array of features. Imagine monitoring and adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re traveling. Integrate your thermostat with other smart house technology. Get an alert when it’s time to change the filter. Automate the process with a thermostat that learns your habits. Improve heating and cooling efficiency with a seven-day programmable thermostat that will help you stay on track even through a busy week.

How to Get the Most from a Programmable Thermostat

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, correctly using a programmable thermostat can save about $180 in annual energy costs for the typical single-family home. To save money, the temperature change needs to be in effect for eight hours or longer. Program the controller to drop the temperature when you are away from home or sleeping during the winter months. Similarly, increase the temperature during summer as recommended, while the house is empty during the day. At night, you will need to find the thermostat setting that will allow you to save without making sleep time uncomfortable. Here are a few more ways to save energy with a programmable thermostat:

  • Program the device to make temperature changes according to your lifestyle. This is more effective for saving money than trying to remember to manually adjust the settings.
  • Use the “hold” or “vacation” setting to maintain energy-saving temperatures when you will be gone for a weekend or longer.
  • Change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Avoid cranking the thermostat to extremes to try to heat or cool your home faster. Doing so, will only result in your home eventually becoming too hot or too cold.

Farmer’s Comfort Controls

Every household has unique needs. Whether you want more features, more automation, or prefer to keep it simple, the pros at Farmer’s Heating & Air Conditioning, a Dyess Air Company, can point you to the right thermostats. We want to earn customers for life, so we’ll never try to sell you something you don’t need. Talk to us today about saving money and conserving energy with a programmable thermostat.