Programmable thermostats are becoming the new norm in many American homes. When used correctly, they can positively affect your home, comfort and bank account. If you have considered making the switch, here are a few things to know.
Savings on your utility bill
Did you know that just one degree can translate to 2 percent savings on the utility bill? A programmable thermostat lets you adjust the temperature when you’re not home. This lets you keep a house warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter during away times. You can also set it lower or raise the temperature according to a schedule that follows the routine in your household.
Tired of constantly adjusting the dial on your old thermostat? We often turn the temperature up or down during hot or cold spells. However, programmable units can maintain a consistent temperature in any season, and you can fine tune or adjust the temperature in the entire home, or in one or two zones if your equipment is set up for it.
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A programmable thermostat saves time
Using a programmable thermostat takes less time. You mainly set it once per season and go on about your business. If you are away for a few days and forget to reprogram, there are a number of high-tech models that are internet-ready and can be adjusted from anywhere there is wi-fi or mobile phone service.
If you have an older HVAC system that has lost efficiency, a programmable thermostat can help reduce its workload. Because a new HVAC unit costs a lot, this can help you save money and extend its lifespan. Even if you have a newer HVAC component, it will work better with a programmable unit.
You can finely adjust settings for different times of day. Since the summer sun peak heat times usually occur in the afternoon, you can customize and plan to cool your home mainly during these peak times. For colder winter nights, pile on the blankets and let the house cool down while you’re asleep. Set the thermostat to warm things up just before you awake.
Programmable thermostats and the IoT
Newer programmable temperature regulators have different high-tech tools that let you use them with smart devices. In that case, you can connect them to a laptop, smartphone or tablet. Once linked to a home network, you can adjust the temperature from anywhere, even when on vacation. These devices are perfect for the Internet of Things (IoT) concept that is making progress into our homes and workplaces.
Programmable units that match a similarly equipped HVAC installation will allow you to have different climate zones within one house. Simply have one control installed in each zone and customize respectively. This can increase your property’s energy efficiency.
There are many iterations of digital thermostats on the market today- find out which one is best for your home. Contact Hammock’s AC for more information on how a programmable thermostat could save you money!