A programmable thermostat or a smart thermostat could be one way to save on your heating and cooling expenses. You could save money in the short term and over the long term. New thermostats give owners precise and easy control over their home climate. Programmable thermostats are easier to install and learn to use than ever. There are a lot of good reasons to switch to a new thermostat, no matter the system or brand you’ve got in your home.
Programmable thermostats are new, easy-to-use technology for heating and cooling. Should you switch to a smart or programmable thermostat? Here are some easy, even money-saving aspects you might like to consider.
Exact Climate Control
Using a programmable thermostat gives you the ability to make automatic changes or make changes without having to literally be there at the thermostat. With a manual thermostat, if you can’t change it at the best time, the house will be too hot or too cold, then when you’re changing it later, the system is running too hard or too much. This is costing money and you’re not comfortable at the same time. This won’t occur with a programmable thermostat. Your system will stay at the temperature you set it to.
You can likely save money right away. When you make an AC unit a degree warmer, or the heat a degree cooler, it is estimated to decrease your energy bill by 2%. With a new thermostat, your system should run more efficiently and stay on the setting you choose. This means less changing the temperature to “catch up.” It is easy to pay less right away on utility bills.
You can help your budget out more by setting a programmable thermostat to run when you need it and run less when you don’t, as in when no one is home. It’s possible to cut a system’s energy usage by 20-30%. If you have stretches, from during the day when no one’s home up to vacations or whole days or weeks with no one there, a programmable thermostat could be a good choice for this reason alone.
Better, Easier Comfort
When you program the temperature in your house so exactly, with no opportunity for variance, you can ensure round-the-clock and year-around comfort and convenience. It’s easy to put in a thermostat that controls your heating and cooling systems on an exact, set schedule. You won’t need to make any manual adjustments. You’ll be able to change and control your climate settings with a remote control, a phone, by wifi or manually, if you still prefer.
If you still have a manual thermostat, it means you’d have to be up and ready to change the thermostat 24 hours a day to get the perfect mix of home comfort and energy (cost) efficiency. With a programmable thermostat, your system will run its best when you set it and forget it. This will save time just as much as it’s saving money and energy.
Control it from Anywhere
Smart thermostats, with a phone or wifi controls, can change your heat or AC from anywhere, anytime, for any reason imaginable. You do not need to be near your thermostat, or house or network, to do everything. Smart thermostats can turn on or off heat or AC, so if you’re going to be gone longer, or back sooner, than expected, you can set the system to what you need.
Smart thermostats can be programmed to send reports and alerts to you. The alerts can be for severe weather, energy usage, system functioning, outages, plumbing damage and security reasons.