Energy use and costs may not be as expensive as rent or the other things we spend our money on, but they do pile up and if not monitored properly, can actually set us back a few hundred, if not thousands of our hard-earned cash. If you’re not some millionaire who can brush off every month’s utility bill or perhaps the owner of a utility company, then I am sure you, just like the rest of us, are also looking for ways to improve your house’s energy efficiency. And one of the most recommended ways, at least in the HVAC world, is to do one simple addition to your HVAC system if you haven’t yet: Take advantage of a programmable thermostat. It’s a cheap, and quality addition to installing a new air conditioning system.
Now, before you wear your skeptic hat on, here are some ways a programmable thermostat can spell a difference in your home that you cannot simply ignore.
Fewer adjustments, because we have other important things to do.
If you’re like most homeowners who have 100 things in their minds every single day, you cannot possibly be bothered with doing adjustments to your thermostat at just every opportunity. With a programmable thermostat, there’s no need to remind yourself to adjust the temperature when a certain time of the day comes because you can program it to automatically do so. No need to go to your thermostat when the sun sets and the temperature cools down, no need to hurry home to do your adjustments when you are still outside (that is if you’re not on lockdown anymore).
With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to worry about constantly adjusting the temperature every few hours or so. Like we mentioned before, simply create a temperature schedule and let your AC kick in or taper off whenever it needs to.
Temperature control in zones is better
Programmable thermostats are way more effective in heating and cooling specific zones of your place. Because you can set your programmable thermostats beforehand, automatically adjusting the temperature of your house and specific rooms based on the number of people present there at different times of the day will be a breeze. So, instances like a cooled bedroom at noontime when no one is there will be avoided. If that’s not something you consider as more efficient, then nothing is!
A programmable thermostat can save you money by running your heating and cooling system based on your daily schedule. When everyone is away for the day, the house can drift to a higher temperature. Couple this with a zoned system to save even more. Zoning cuts cost by directing air where it’s needed.
Programmable thermostats have advanced features.
Welcome to the 21st century, where even things like an entire HVAC system or even the thermostat itself have built-in Internet. Does the term “Internet of Things” ring a bell? Well, because a programmable thermostat has Wi-Fi capability, you can use your mobile device to control it, even when you are out of the house. Also, since it has the Internet, a programmable thermostat can also consider weather patterns when it adjusts your system’s temperature. Pretty smart, eh?
“Smart” thermostats work well for those with irregular schedules or those who may forget to pre-set the thermostat before leaving home. Many come with interactive smartphone apps to help you focus on energy savings by tracking energy use in real-time.
No more bloated energy bills
Only if Monopoly sets have a programmable thermostat, then maybe I can use that to save money and not pay too much to the utility company owner, yes? Since these thermostats allow you to set your cooling and heating to a daily schedule, and for some models as mentioned above, can adjust the temperature according to the weather, your programming skills can definitely lead you to cut down on your energy bill spending.
The quick answer to whether programmable thermostats save energy is yes. Maximizing how much you save requires proper installation, set up and use. A good ratio to remember is that for every 1°F you turn down your thermostat, you’ll use 1% less energy.
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