If you're thinking of ways to improve the efficiency of the heating and cooling system in your greater Cleveland area home, chances are you're thinking of major changes and upgrades. But did you know that the simple installation of a programmable thermostat can have a dramatic influence on energy bills?
This is such a well documented fact today that most current energy codes require including a programmable thermostat with the installation of a new HVAC system.
How Programmable Thermostats Work for You
In contrast to a manual thermostat, or most older digital thermostats, you don't have to manually adjust temperatures throughout the day with a programmable thermostat. Instead, these devices are designed for you to simply input your preferred temperatures throughout the day and the system will automatically adjust your home temperatures accordingly. This means setting an automatic heating and cooling start and stop time for every part of your day.
For example, if you work a normal 9-to-5 workday during the week and you're often at home during the weekends, simply set a program that will keep the HVAC system operating at a lower output during the times you're gone and at a comfort-ideal temperature when you're home.
For the greatest impact on your home energy bill, you'll want to raise the cooling settings and reduce heating settings by a minimum of five degrees during the "off" periods.
Other Key Benefits
A programmable thermostat also offers several other key perks for the homeowner. It includes an easy-to-read backlit display, it doesn't contain mercury, and newer models have several other electronic options that will enhance your home comfort. In some models, this means an automatic warning that will alert you when the air filter needs to be replaced. Additionally, if you suffer from high humidity in your home, the new programmable thermostat can be specifically programmed to obtain and maintain a specific, comfortable humidity level both throughout your home and specific desired areas.
Very recently, there are been tremendous developments in thermostat technology and the options can become confusing. If you want to review your options to be sure that you are selecting one that is best for both your needs and that of your system, it is always best to consult with your professional HVAC advisor,
While most handy homeowners should be able to install basic models in their home by carefully reading the manufacturer's recommendations, contact your local HVAC contractor for best effects.
To learn more about programmable thermostats or for other home comfort concerns, contact local experts P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling.