Standard thermostats do not offer homeowners much control over the temperature in their homes. Sure, you can set the temperature to your preferred setting while you are at home, but what about when you are away for hours, or even days, at a time? By switching to a programmable (“smart”) thermostat, you regain control over your home’s temperature and reinstate comfort and peace of mind.
A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-program your preferred temperature settings. For example, you can program your thermostat to turn the temperature up when you leave for work and down for when you return. Not only will your home better reflect your desired temperatures, you will also enjoy increased efficiency, year-round savings and comfort.
While you may be enjoying the warmer weather, you may also be dreading your monthly energy costs this season. With a programmable thermostat, you can expect to use less energy, which will translate into savings. They key, though, is that you have to actually utilize its technology to save money. When you take advantage of all that it has to offer, you can see savings up to 15% each year.
With a programmable thermostat, you won’t have to wait for the air conditioning or heating to kick on to feel comfortable. This is where the scheduling features comes into play. Before setting your desired temperatures for the day, consider your family’s daily schedule. If the house is empty between 8AM – 6 PM, keeping your air conditioner on the entire day would only waste energy. Instead, set your thermostat to turn to a higher temperature while no one’s home.
You aren’t limited to a select few programmable thermostats. You have a variety to choose from, ranging from basic to high-tech. The model you end up should depend on your heating and cooling needs. Newer models come with Wi-Fi capability, allowing you to check in on your home’s heating and cooling and adjust the temperature from either your phone, tablet or computer. This feature is especially useful for when you are away on a business trip or vacation.
A programmable thermostat is only as smart as its user, so it’s important to choose one you’ll actually use. There are four different types of thermostats to choose from. If you are not sure what one is right for your home, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on it.