Heating and cooling makes up almost half of your home’s energy consumption which does seem scary but it makes a lot of sense. There are
different types of in home heating and cooling, from oil powered furnaces and electric heaters to heat pumps and window air conditioning units. Although their prices all differ in their main cost and continual cost, it still makes up a big part of your energy consumption. Being in your home should be relaxing so being comfortable in your home is a must, a lot of people go to work or go on vacations and don’t realize that it’s possible for them to pre-program their home temperature for the week on their thermostat. With all the money spent on energy it’s a great to know there is one easy way to reduce those costs which is by using a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will remember to adjust the
temperature when you’re at work or at night when you sleep so you don’t have to set it manually each time. Is the temperature going up at night instead of down and you really don’t want to make the trek to the thermostat at midnight because it’s too hot? You won’t have to worry about that with a programmable thermostat. Just set it and walk away until whenever you want to change it up.
For a base model programmable thermostat it won’t even cost you all that money you’ll save, so you’ll end up saving even more and staying comfortable more often. A programmable thermostat can cost you as little as $25.00 and they can save up to $110.00 or more a year. To maximize savings in the winter, set your thermostat to 68 degrees when you’re at home and set it lower when you are sleeping or away. In the summer time you can save by keeping your house warmer when you are away and lowering it to 78 degrees when you’re at home
and need to be cool. Also when shopping, make sure you choose the right programmable thermostat for you and your family. Buy a 7 day model if your daily schedules are constantly changing. The 5-2 model is great for families that keep the same schedule Monday through Friday but have entirely different plans on the weekend. Then we have the 5-1-1 models that are best if you have similar plans throughout the week but your plans vary on Saturdays and change again on Sundays. Some of the newer models available will even learn your schedule and adjust accordingly. There is even technology that allows you to control your thermostat from your phone or table from miles away, so if you’re big on new technology then you might want to try this out. If you get a new programmable thermostat remember the location matters. They will perform more reliably if they are away from direct sunlight, drafts, windows, and doorways. Plus since you want to program your thermostat yourself it should be easy to access for updates. Keep your house comfortable by using a programmable thermostat and you will be more comfortable with your energy bills.