Harnessing Energy Efficiency: The Power of a Programmable Thermostat
If we want our homes to be warm and comfortable, a programmable thermostat is a great option that can do so much more than temperature control. It’s surprising how many of us overlook the question of energy efficiency. However, neglecting this aspect can eventually cost us money, especially as the prices of gas, electricity, and heating oils continue to rise. In these times, it’s more important than ever to explore simple yet effective ways to trim expenses and make our homes energy efficient.
Assuming we have already taken measures such as installing premium insulation in our attics and investing in good windows to prevent heat from escaping, what other steps can we take to make heating our homes more cost-effective? One remarkably simple and affordable solution is to install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats not only help reduce energy bills but also provide greater control over our home’s heating agenda.
The latest programmable thermostats surpass their traditional counterparts in terms of functionality and convenience. Gone are the days of manually setting temperatures. With a programmable thermostat, you can customize your heating schedule based on different times throughout the day. For instance, setting a slightly lower temperature overnight, around 17 or 18 degrees, is an effective way to save money while you sleep. Natural temperature drops during the night can be compensated for by warm bedclothes and, for some, cuddling up to a loved one. In the mornings, the programmable thermostat can automatically raise the temperature, making it easier for even the most reluctant of us to get out of bed during the winter months. Waking up to a warm home sets a positive tone for the day, even on Mondays!
According to research conducted by Energystar.gov, using a programmable thermostat can save up to $180 on annual heating bills. Such significant savings can be easily achieved once a programmable thermostat is installed.
Now, how complicated is the installation process? It’s actually quite straightforward. Fitting a programmable thermostat is a simple procedure that many people choose to do themselves. Programmable thermostats come with clear installation instructions. If you’re installing your own programmable thermostat, remember to switch off the power from the mains, ensuring the power to the furnace is set to “off” on the breaker panel or fuse box. When removing an existing manual thermostat, keep all the wires accessible. Pass the wires through the base plate of the new programmable thermostat before attaching it to the wall. The installation instructions will provide guidance on connecting the different colored wires to their respective terminals. Don’t forget to insert backup batteries to ensure your individual heating settings are not lost in case of a power failure. Once the batteries are in place and the wires are correctly connected, secure the front plate of the programmable thermostat to the wall, and you’re ready to tailor your home’s heating schedule to suit your needs and budget.
How Do Programmable Thermostats Function?
Most new thermostats will operate on a cyclic basis, allowing users to set appropriate temperature settings for weekdays and weekends. On a daily basis, you can schedule up to four different temperature settings, that are typically aligned with key points of the day. For instance, you can program the thermostat to warm your home in the morning while your there, or to conserve energy while you’re at work. With a programmable thermostat, you can enjoy a comfortable home without the unnecessary cost of heating an empty house.
What Is The Best Option When Purchasing A Programmable Thermostat?
When it comes to choosing a programmable thermostat, the main thing it’s important to look for is one that includes a manual override and a hold temperature feature. The additional functions allow you to manually adjust your pre-set program as needed, or in response to unexpected temperature changes or schedule variations. A simple click of a button allows the programmable thermostat to revert to your preferred settings.
Will A Programmable Thermostat Be Compatible With My System?
Compatibility is rarely an issue when it comes to programmable thermostats. As they work with the majority of heating and air conditioning systems. However, it’s important to note that if you have an electric baseboard heating system, which operate at high voltages, they are generally incompatible with programmable thermostats. For other systems, a programmable thermostat is an ideal solution—affordable, easy to install, and user-friendly. Most importantly, it starts saving you money immediately, while ensuring your home remains luxuriously warm and welcoming.
Trusting An Expert
Take the next step toward energy efficiency and cost savings. Contact Velocity Air Conditioning, your trusted AC repair and installation company, for professional assistance in selecting and installing a programmable thermostat. Let us help you make your home more energy efficient and comfortable. Call us today or visit our website for more information.