Cooling and heating your home costs money, both through energy bills and occasional HVAC system repairs or replacement. It is a necessary expense in order to be comfortable inside your home. However, there is one thing you can do to reduce that expense without reducing your comfort level: Replace your old thermostat with a programmable model.
A programmable thermostat gives you the ability to save energy by changing the temperature of your house when no one is at home. It does so automatically, based on the preferences you set.
How it Works
For example, you can set a programmable thermostat to raise the temperature (in the summer) or lower the temperature (in the winter) after you leave in the morning for work. You can then program it to return the house to your preferred temperature just before you get back home. Because your home has a lower cooling or heating load during those hours, you save money on your energy bills. But since the thermostat makes those changes while you are away, you never experience any reduction in comfort.
If you want even more savings, another strategy is save while you are sleeping. You employ a similar strategy to above when you are sleeping. Adjust temperatures after you fall asleep and then bring them back up again before you awake in the morning. Adding this strategy can almost double your savings from what you get from adjusting temperatures while at work.
Saving Energy and Equipment
Besides saving energy, a programmable thermostat can help you save on HVAC repair and replacement costs. Since your HVAC system gets to take part of the day off, it experiences less wear and tear and is less likely to break down. That also correlates to a longer system life, meaning you will get more years from your HVAC equipment before it needs to be replaced.
Different programmable thermostats come with different features. For example, some allow you to program for an extended period of time, such as when you go on vacation; others will remind you when to change your air filter. So, you should choose a model that best fits your needs.
If you have any questions about which model to choose or how to get the maximum savings possible from your programmable thermostat, feel free to contact the Greater Cleveland area comfort experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We would be happy to help.
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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