Thermostats have made incredible technological advances over the last couple of years. As energy prices continue to rise, they fuel a search for more efficient ways to use energy which has, in turn, pushed homeowners toward programmable thermostats that help save on utility bills. But, with so many options out there, how do you know where to start when choosing a programmable thermostat?
Look For A “Smart” Thermostat
Not all programmable thermostats are created equal. “Smart” thermostats are more advanced than many of the other models and, consequently, they will help you increase your savings.
To start, look for these features:
- Remote control: Smart thermostats can communicate with you over the internet, allowing you to monitor usage and control settings from your laptop or your phone. Just think about how many times you don’t get home from work on time. With a few clicks you can override and save even more money without even stepping foot inside your home.
- Ease of use: Smart models also have touchscreens, clear displays and simple instructions which allow you to set them efficiently, even if you know nothing about heating and cooling systems.
- Communication: They can also use the Internet to check maintenance schedules and send you reminders when your equipment needs service or a part of the system is not running at optimum efficiency. Many of them can also check peak usage rates and help you set your system to run when energy is cheaper.
Have It Installed Correctly
Because the technology is more complex, the installation needs to be perfect or the thermostat will not be as beneficial as it should. For example, the internet connection must be reliable and always on. When choosing a programmable thermostat, it is important to remember that you are making an investment in your quality of life so installation by a trained professional is a must.
If you would like an expert to help you choose the best programmable thermostat for your needs, contact Roth Heating & Cooling. With more than 35 years of service in the Portland area, we have the knowledge to help you save.
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