If you’re looking for ways to save money and energy in your Northeast Ohio household, a programmable thermostat is an investment worth considering. If used properly, a programmable thermostat can pay for itself within a year.
The key to saving with a programmable thermostat is using if effectively and consistently. Some homeowners complain that they don’t see any energy savings from their programmable thermostat, but this is probably because they aren’t taking advantage of all its possibilities.
Most programmable thermostats have four pre-programmed temperature settings that allow you to keep your house at the temperature you need at different times throughout the day. This is the primary advantage of a programmable thermostat. Depending on how advanced your particular model is, you might also be able to set a different temperature schedule for different days of the week.
So, essentially, you can keep your house cooler at times when it doesn’t need to be quite as warm, such as during the middle of the day when everyone is at work or school, or at night when everyone is asleep. You can let your furnace run less during the day, then have it kick in 30 or 40 minutes before you arrive home. That way your house is nice and toasty when you get in.
A common misconception about programmable thermostats is that any money you save by keeping your house cooler will be spent when you warm it back up again. This is actually not the case. It always uses more energy to maintain a high temperature day in and day out than it does to let it cool down and then raise the temperature. This is because when the temperatures outdoors and indoors are closer to each other, less heat escapes from the home.
Of course, programmable thermostats aren’t perfect for every residence, so it’s a good idea to consult with a professional before you install one. However, most households will see substantial savings.
Programmable thermostats are a fairly modest investment when you consider the potential savings. For more information on thermostats and other ways to reduce energy costs in your home, contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing.
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