Over the course of the summer, a majority of homeowners are caught in a tedious struggle with the thermostat. On one side of the spectrum is attempting to keep the thermostat set as high as possible in an effort to save on utility costs. But then again, it sure is relieving to feel cool when the temperature outside continually reaches scorching levels.
In multiple ways, thermostat issues are a year-round struggle because energy efficiency and comfort have to be addressed in colder weather as well. A great way to reduce utility bills but also feel cool throughout the summer is with a programmable thermostat—a cost-effective, easily installed appliance that brings with it many different benefits. Here are some listed below.
Fewer Utility Costs
One of the biggest wastes of energy is when the air conditioner is kept low at times when it’s not required like when people are at work, in the yard or when they are sleeping. Most people are diligent about shutting the A/C off when they leave for extended amounts of time, but a programmable thermostat all but discards any risk of forgetfulness and automatically adapts to a more practical temperature at off-peak times.
Naturally one of the frustrating things about turning the AC off for the day when you leave is that you return to a hot and stuffy house. A programmable thermostat can be set to decrease the temperature in the house around 30 minutes before you arrive home so that you come home to a cool, comfy environment.
Programmable thermostats really are a “set it and forget it” appliance as many of them have options for either 7-day (different times for each day), 5 + 2 (weekday and weekend settings) and 5-1-1 (weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays) schedules. Plus, with the touchscreen technology thermostats are pretty easy to program and they can be installed quickly by a certified HVAC technician. Modern programmable thermostats can even be synced up to your smartphone and relinquish full control over your home comfort wherever you are, day or night.
The baseline programmable thermostats retail for close to $20 and typically demand under an hour of labor to be installed. Plus, whatever the initial investment is can be recouped rather promptly with the 10%30% reduction in utility bills that the programmable thermostats can achieve.
If anything, the installation of a programmable thermostat is the first direction in optimizing the efficiency of a home. Projects that follow may include sealing up any gaps around doors, upgrading windows and bolstering wall insulation. It’s not impossible to save 50% from what you’re paying in heating and cooling bills now and all that is lost profits the more time that’s wasted.
So in essence, if you don’t already own one, buy a programmable thermostat today!
Some popular thermostats to choose from: