Can a Programmable Thermostat Save You Money?
The simple answer is yes. And it is as simple as setting your thermostat (or controller) to different temperatures when you are away or asleep. You can save up to 15% a year on your heating bill by turning your thermostat down 10-12 degrees for 8 hours each day.
A programmable thermostat allows you to pre-set the times you turn on the heat or air conditioning according to your personal schedule. Be sure to take into account when you normally go to sleep, your preferred sleeping temperature, week days, and the schedules of others in the household.
Plus, most programmable thermostats are Wi-Fi and compatible with smart home devices and can be controlled from home or away via an app or its easy-to-use interface.
A furnace has to work harder than normal to warm your home back up to the set temperature, resulting in little savings.
The lower the interior temperature, the slower your home loses energy to the surrounding environment. Thus, your house will lose less energy than it would have at a higher temperature. The longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more energy you save.
This theory works the same way in the warmer months. Raising your thermostat setting in the summer slows the flow of heat into your home, reducing energy costs on air conditioning.
Remember to talk with your dealer about proper location and installation. The optimal place for a controller is on an interior wall near natural room air currents. Keep thermostats away from direct sunlight, skylights, windows, and doors.
Today’s new controllers offer features such as Wi-Fi remote-control access, full-color touch screens, 7-day programming, humidity and airflow control, and more.
Contact your local dealer for more information.
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