If you are looking to save money on monthly energy bills, consider programmable thermostats. Regardless of the type of programmable thermostat you choose, you will save energy on your cooling and heating bills if you program and use the thermostat correctly. Keeping your home at the same temperature when no one is home uses more energy than adjusting it for your absences or when you’re sleeping. HVAC systems can cool or heat your home to your comfort level before you return or wake up in the mornings.
Remembering to adjust your thermostat day and night adds another task to your schedule and it is sometimes easy to forget. Having a device that does it for you automatically simplifies your life while cutting your energy consumption. If you use a heat pump for some of the heating in your home, a programmable thermostat will help you save energy during the winter.
You can choose among three different types of programmable thermostats that can be adjusted to your schedule. The first kind is the 7-day thermostat, good for households where family members have different schedules every day. The next type is the 5-2 model, which has settings for the work week and a separate one for the weekend. The last kind is the 5-1-1 model, ideal for families who have the same weekday schedule and a different schedule for each weekend day. If you choose a thermostat that has WiFi or a smart model, you can change the temperature from a smart-phone or anywhere you have online access. This feature lets you change the temperature remotely whenever you need to override the system. Some smart programmable thermostats allow you to lock the settings so that someone coming home unexpectedly cannot lower or raise the temperature to excessive levels, which would drive up energy costs. Some models of programmable thermostats have sensors inside them that tell you when to check the air filter. Changing your air filters regularly will keep your system running efficiently. If you have any questions about a programmable thermostat, make sure to contact us and we can advise you on which one might be best for your home.