The installation of a programmable thermostat will help you immediately lower the amount of energy you use on a daily basis. They give you more control over your energy use and save you from wasting energy and money on an empty house.
You can set programmable thermostats to turn on and off according to your schedule. This keeps them from reaching their highest comfort levels until you really need them, while also reducing your monthly energy expenses.
Some thermostats have options that break the day into four different periods: wake, leave, return and sleep periods. During the leave and sleep periods, you can set the thermostat back anywhere from 8-10 degrees without affecting your comfort. This can add up over time to create substantial savings.
Some units are able to calculate how long it will take to bring a living space at a certain temperature to the temperature you desire. That means that if you know you want your home to be at 72 degrees when you get home at 6 p.m. and it takes 20 minutes to cool to that temperature, the thermostat will know to turn on at 5:40 p.m. Without this feature, you have to do the time accommodation yourself.
Other programmable thermostats have options that help keep your HVAC system running more efficiently. Some have a warning that indicates when it is time to change your air filter. Replacing your air filters helps keep air flowing through efficiently, reducing the amount of energy needed to distribute air. Another common feature is a wireless Internet connection that allows them to display weather forecasts on a digital screen.
For more information about programmable thermostats and how they can improve the comfort in your home, contact Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical today at (503) 994-9924.