Over the course of the summer, many homeowners are trapped in a repetitive struggle with the thermostat. On one side of the spectrum is the attempt to keep the thermostat set as high as possible to try to save on utility costs. But then again, it sure is relieving to feel cool when the temperature outside consistently reaches scorching levels.
In many ways, thermostat balance is a year-round problem because energy efficiency and comfort should be addressed in colder weather as well. A good way to decrease heating and cooling bills but also feel comfy in the summer is with a programmable thermostat—a cost-effective, easy-to-use appliance that brings with it multiple benefits. Here are several listed below.
Smaller Utility Costs
One of the biggest wastes of energy is when the air conditioner is set low at times when it’s not necessary like when people are at work, outdoors or when they are asleep. Most people are vigilant about shutting the A/C off when they leave for long stretches of time, but a programmable thermostat all but discards any risk of forgetfulness and automatically adapts to a milder temperature at off-peak times.
Naturally one of the frustrating things about turning the air conditioning off for the day when you leave is that you come back to a hot and stifling house. A programmable thermostat can be set to lower the temperature in the house about 30 minutes before you arrive home so that you come home to a cool, comfy environment.
Programmable thermostats definitely are a “set it and forget it” appliance as many of them have options for either 7-day (different times for each day), 5 + 2 (weekday and weekend settings) and 5-1-1 (weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays) schedules. In addition to the touchscreen technology thermostats are comparatively easy to use and they can be installed perfectly by a professional HVAC technician. Modern programmable thermostats can even be controlled using your smartphone and grant total control over your home comfort anywhere you are, day or night.
The simplest programmable thermostats retail for about $20 and typically demand under an hour of labor to be installed. Additionally, whatever the initial investment is can be replenished rather soon with the 10%30% reduction in utility bills that the programmable thermostats can offer.
If anything, the installation of a programmable thermostat is the first direction in optimizing the HVAC equipment of a home. Projects that follow may be sealing up any gaps around doors, upgrading windows and strengthening wall insulation. It’s not beyond the realm of possibilities to save 50% from what you’re paying in heating and cooling bills now and all that is lost profits the more time that’s wasted.
So in essence, if you don’t already own one, buy a programmable thermostat today!
Some popular thermostats to choose from: