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Are Programmable Thermostats Worth It?

A programmable thermostat is a heating and cooling controller that allows you to set temperatures to coincide with days of the week and times in a day. This allows you to set higher temperatures in the summer and lower temperatures in the winter when you are usually away from your home.

Programmable thermostats are absolutely worth the investment because they are low in price, and offer serious cost savings on your heating and cooling bills.

Programmable Thermostat Price

When programmable thermostats originally came out in the mid-1990’s they were using top of the line technology. The investment of purchasing a programmable thermostat was usually steep due to the new technology that went into its development.

Now, programmable features are on practically all thermostats on the market, and they are produced rather cheaply. When you install a new HVAC system in your home, most packages come with a programmable thermostat as standard.

Programmable Thermostat Savings

A study administered by the Department of Energy found that setting your thermostat back 7°-10°F from your normal temperature for 8 hours a day will save you 10% a year on heating and cooling costs. In more temperate climates the 10% can add up saving you around $100 a year.

How To Program a Thermostat

Most programmable thermostats work with the same base functions making them easy and intuitive to set up. When you are programming a thermostat you should first take note of what times you or your family are home, what times nobody is in the home, and what times you normally go to sleep and wake up. Determining these times might take some guess work, but general estimates will still help when programming your system.

You will also need to find your ideal home temperature, for summer the ideal efficient temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, and in winter the ideal efficient temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If the ideal efficient temperatures seem too far from your home comfort standards you can try going down, or up, by one degree each day until you find your optimal home setting.

Once you have your average times and temperatures, you should set your Monday – Friday schedule for when you are out of the house. Set the thermostat temperature to be 7°-10°F higher in the summer and lower in the winter than you would normally have your home.

Programmable Thermostat Upgrade

If you do not have a programmable thermostat in your home, it’s time to switch. With the savings you can achieve, a programmable thermostat upgrade will more than pay itself off within a year. If you need any help installing a programmable thermostat in your system, Air Conditioning Services is here to help.

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