Adjusting to the seasons is one thing, but constantly adjusting your thermostat to match the day’s temperature is another. The quick shift in degrees can cause your heating and cooling bills to quickly rise, and you end up wasting money on your thermostat — especially while you are away or sleeping.
To avoid spending extra money on your energy bills, consider installing a programmable or smart thermostat. Here are some of Warner Service’s favorite benefits of having a programmable thermostat in your home:
- Programmable thermostats let homeowners fine-tune the temperature in their homes during all hours of the day. This allows for an optimal level of comfort while at home, and saves you money by automatically adjusting the temperature when you're away. For example, you can set your device to warm your home in the winter before you come from work, or put it at a holding temperature while you are on vacation. You can also set separate rooms to different temperatures if your provider installs it correctly. No more sacrificing personal comfort for your wallet.
- These appliances are easy to read and easy to use, as most are equipped with user-friendly digital displays and run on battery power. The batteries should be changed at least once a year. Some models are also internet and Wi-Fi compatible, so homeowners can change the settings from their computer, smartphone, or tablet. Newer devices even come with microprocessors that alert you when it is time to change your air filter.
- Programmable thermostats are meant to be energy-saving machines, so homeowners pocket an average of $150 to $200 per year. These devices lower your energy bills by maximizing the HVAC efficiency in the home. However, try not to use the manual override setting, as it could end up costing you more in the long run. Smart thermostats are also highly dependable, so you end up spending less money on replacements and repairs. Homeowners should install the thermostat away from heating or cooling vents, appliances that generate a lot of heat, electronics, open doorways, and direct sunlight for the most effective use.
Tip: If your home has zoned cooling and heating, install a programmable thermostat in each zone — especially if you have rooms that are unoccupied for long periods of time, such as an empty spare bedroom or an unfinished basement.
- Programmable thermostats are safer for your home. Older, non-digital thermostats contain the highest amount of mercury found in any household object. Because programmable thermostats do not contain any mercury, they help reduce the carbon footprint.
There are many benefits to installing programmable or smart thermostats throughout your home, including increasing your overall comfort level. These money-saving devices are reliable pieces of hardware that are easy to understand and operate. They are also eco-friendly because they reduce the mercury levels in your home and in landfills.