According to energy.gov, programming a thermostat to accommodate your schedule can save the average household as much as 10% on heating and cooling costs throughout the year. These savings have a few different variables, like the type of climate homes experience every year and the size of the household. But it’s a good reminder: a lot of us have a programmable thermostat, yet we never bother to create a schedule for it. Instead, we succumb to a dreaded nightly routine: lay down in bed, become uncomfortable, stumble out of the sheets to adjust the temperature, lay back down, repeat.
The Benefits of Programming Your Thermostat
Saving on your monthly energy bill isn’t the only benefit of programming your thermostat. Other advantages of these convenient devices include efficient airflow, less deterioration on your HVAC system, and more time back on your hands. Let’s examine a few of these benefits and how they help homeowners on an everyday basis:
Efficient Air Flow
Without a programmable thermostat, homeowners would have to prepare for times when they’d be away from the house for long periods of time. For example, say you’re going to run errands during the hottest part of the day in the middle of summer. You’re halfway to your first destination when you realize you forgot to reset the thermostat. The fix? Scheduling your programmable thermostat before summer starts, so you don’t even have to think about adjusting your temperature before you leave for an extended duration of time. With a programmable thermostat, you can identify the times you’re most likely to be home and need cooler air. This is of course opposed to the times when you’ll be away and your system can run at a higher temperature to keep your house cool enough, so it’s not unbearable when you arrive home.
Less Deterioration on Your Unit
With scheduled times of consistently bringing your home to a certain temperature, your unit will not have to work harder than it already does. When A/C units need maintenance, it’s usually for one of two reasons – they’re very old and out of date, or they’re having to work overtime. Scheduling the times of day when you prefer certain temperatures can help preserve a system’s lifespan. Fortunately, setting a cooling schedule is fairly straightforward. Most digital thermostats have a convenient interface that allow you to easily program your cooling preferences around your daily schedule.
More Time Back on Your Hands
As mentioned above, the failure to program your thermostat can create an uncomfortable sleeping experience full of trips adjusting the temperature to find the sweet spot. With a programmable thermostat, you’ll find yourself with more time to do literally anything else other than thinking about your inside temperature. While it may not sound like a lot, 10-15 minutes a day starts to add up after a while.
Beat the Heat
Rising summer temperatures are right around the corner. At Winters®, our team of trained professionals is here to make sure you’re ready when the time comes. If you’re in the market for a programmable thermostat, our HVAC pros are here to help! For more information, contact us today!