Programmable thermostats appear to be the latest trend in the world of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. As a homeowner, you might easily feel left out if you do not have one already. But do they really help save money? Or are they just another well-marketed fad that everyone would soon get over?
Yes, They Can Improve Energy Efficiency
The consensus is that programmable thermostats have the potential to help you reduce your heating or cooling bills. However, they could also cost more if you do not use them appropriately. According to the Energy Star website reports that American homes utilize about 45% of their energy for heating and cooling. Here are some ways by which programmable thermostats can help you save energy:
Standard thermostats are much more wasteful than programmable thermostats because it’s hard to tune them to the right temperature. Moreover, there is hardly ever a right temperature when it comes to heating or cooling your home. You’d need different temperatures for when you’re indoors or outdoors, and different temperatures for different rooms. A programmable thermostat can help you enjoy multiple temperature settings with ease.
Optimize Your HVAC System
Programmable thermostats help you bring the best out of your HVAC system, even if you’ve been using it for a while. The help you maintain fairly consistent temperatures, thereby reducing the workload on your AC. This can also, in turn, reduce the frequency of AC maintenance.
Maximize Zone Systems
This is especially useful for homes with multiple climate zones. Installing a programmable thermostat in such homes would help your energy efficiency because you get to set each climate zones in line with the needs of your family.
If you’re yet to have a programmable thermostat in your home, you’re missing out on potentially massive savings on your energy bills. Get in touch with our expert HVAC technicians at Waychoff’s Air Conditioning and we’ll put you through on how you can install and how best to set your programmable thermostat.