As a homeowner, the systems and appliances you choose for your home affect comfort and the pocketbook. The system that has the greatest impact on comfort and the energy budget is the HVAC system. If your energy bills are consistently higher than you would like, and the comfort level in your home is less than optimal, take charge of both with a programmable thermostat.
There are a variety of programmable thermostats to choose from. It is important to select a model that is compatible with your home comfort systems and lifestyle. For instance, many homeowners have a heat pump. To take advantage of the energy savings a programmable thermostat offers, you need one with Adaptive Recovery Startup which prevents the backup electric resistance coils from activating and using up all your energy savings.
If you are installing new HVAC systems, such as a zoning system, air filtration and/or whole-home dehumidifier, you may enjoy total home comfort control with a Smart or WiFi thermostat that controls all of these systems simultaneously based on outdoor and indoor environmental conditions. Interactive controls and remote access via your smartphone, tab or remote computer give you the ability to manage comfort controls from work, in traffic or on mornings when you are sleeping in.
Programming For Lifestyle, Comfort and Savings
Programmable thermostats may be programmed for a different schedule each day of the week (7-day model) or offer a workweek schedule and weekend schedule (5+2-day). For maximum savings and comfort, program temperature changes that correspond to your working, leisure and sleeping schedules. In this way, you do not need to remember to turn up/down the thermostat setting every time you leave home or go to bed at night.
For instance, program turn-back/up periods during sleeping hours of four to six degrees. During working hours, program temperature settings eight to 12 degrees for even greater savings. That is the advantage of installing a programmable thermostat: enjoy comfort and savings to your lifestyle.
For more information and tips about selecting a compatible programmable thermostat for your Portland area home, please contact Roth Heating & Cooling today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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