Space heating and cooling, recent data suggests, accounts for about 45% of energy costs in any home. Thus, many homeowners go the extra mile to save money, whether it’s putting on layers of clothes to stay warm or keeping the blinds closed on hot days. They also use a programmable thermostat to reduce energy costs. However, there are other reasons to use a programmable thermostat.
First things first: What is a programmable thermostat?
A non-programmable thermostat stays at the same temperature 24/7. But a programmable thermostat gives you significantly more control over the temperature in your home. It adjusts the temperature to a series of programmable settings upon a predetermined schedule.
Using a programmable thermostat is more energy and cost-efficient. With an average lifespan of about 5-8 years, it costs roughly $300 to install – although the price will significantly vary with WiFi options and site conditions.
It’s always a good idea to leave it up to the professionals to install your thermostat. While this task may seem simple, a simple mistake could leave you with your system not working. Proper installation, use, and maintenance will ensure maximum savings.
Reasons to use a programmable thermostat:
It saves energy and money
Probably the main reason why many homeowners upgrade to a programmable thermostat is the amount of energy and money it saves, without compromising comfort.
Many homeowners heat and cool their homes unnecessarily, particularly when they’re asleep or away from home.
Setting the thermostat 7-10 degrees lower for 8 hours per day from its normal setting can save about 10% per year on bills.
Basically, for every degree Fahrenheit that you turn your thermostat down, you’ll use 1% less energy. Energy Star estimates replacing your thermostat with a programmable one can save you about $180 annually, so it takes energy savings to a new level.
Imagine adjusting the temperature at night without having to get up from bed!
A programmable thermostat allows you to create and keep a schedule when you’re awake or asleep, even if you aren’t home. It has a vacation mode that you may utilize. You won’t need to keep adjusting the temperature at different times throughout the day.
Heating or cooling rooms won’t even require you to be anywhere near your thermostat. WIFI programmable thermostats connect to your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to control your home’s temperature through a mobile app, regardless of where you are.
It’s better for the environment
If you’re away for extended periods and your home is unoccupied, your programmable thermostat will maintain a low energy temperature. This reduces not only energy costs but also carbon emissions. This helps protect the environment.
Older thermostats also use mercury switches, although they aren’t dangerous as long as the thermostat is intact.
It promotes HVAC longevity
Programming your thermostat allows your system to run only when needed. Your system won’t be subjected to unnecessary stress, so you’re less likely to need frequent Heating & Air Conditioning repairs. Your unit also lasts much longer.
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