The average household spends over $2,000 on their energy bills each year. This number comes from a report released by the US Department of Energy (DOE). Up to 50 percent of that cost goes directly to heating and cooling a home. For this reason, many homeowners are considering how they can save money and reduce these expenses. One way is through a programmable thermostat. In this article, we will discuss what you need to know about these devices and determine whether these devices impact your heating and cooling costs.
Programmable thermostats are known for being a huge money saver. After installing a programmable thermostat, it is important that you know how to use your thermostat properly. You need to be aware of a few important tips in order for your programmable thermostat to work properly. Having this information will save you money.
Understand How Your Thermostat Works
According to a study conducted at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, over 90 percent of all Americans never change their thermostat from the default settings. Many of these people claim that they just leave the thermostat the way it is because they don’t know how to use it. This is shocking, considering all thermostats come with a user guide complete with a how-to manual. You can also watch tutorials about using programmable thermostats. If reading isn’t your thing, you can watch videos on your Smartphone, tablet, or computer. When you don’t know how to properly use your programmable thermostat, you cannot save any money using it. Therefore, it is a waste of money.
Energy Saving Modes
You can set your thermostat to go into the energy-saving mode at any time of the day. This is often done when nobody is home and there is no need to heat or cool the home. You can also set your thermostat to change the temperature during the day and night. When you are going to be out of the house for a few hours, turning the heat down 5 to 8 degrees can save you money. Setting the thermostat to go down during the winter at night can also save you money. When your family is sleeping and they are under the covers, you can turn the heat down. Doing this will not use as much heat, therefore, your bills will go down. Doing the opposite in the summer also saves money.
Using The “Vacation” Or “On-Hold” Feature Properly
You should never use the “hold” or “vacation” mode. The only time these settings can be helpful is if you are taking a trip that keeps you away from home for at least three days. The Energy Star corporation claims that using these modes on a regular basis will make your energy use inefficient. Rather than relying on these inefficient features, you should set your thermostat to go down a few degrees at night during the winter and up a few degrees at night during the summer. If you are not going to be home for a few days, then you can use the “vacation” or “hold” mode. This will ensure the heat or air conditioning will be off while you are away and that it will turn on right before you come home.
Avoid Extreme Temperature Changes
It is a bad idea to raise or lower your thermostat significantly. According to experts, you home won’t heat up or cool down any faster. The only way that it is possible to heat or cool the home faster is if your thermostat has an adaptive recovery feature. These thermostats are designed to always reach a pre-programmed temperature at a pre-set time. If your thermostat doesn’t have this feature, the best way to keep your home at a steady temperature is to monitor thermostat and its performance regularly.
Check-Ups For Your Thermostat
To be sure that your programmable thermostat is always functioning properly, you should make sure that the batteries aren’t dead. To do this, check the thermostat on a regular basis to see if there is a blinking battery icon on the display. This means that the batteries are ready to die. If your thermostat is malfunctioning, it cannot help you to save money on your energy costs.
Multiple Heating And Cooling Zones
Most people have one thermostat that controls the heating and cooling in the entire home. An excellent way to save money on your heating and cooling costs is to install multiple programmable thermostats and then learn how to use them. This will allow you to customize the heating and cooling in your home. For example, if you are in the living room and kitchen in the evening and your office area and the children’s playroom are not being used, you can program the heat or air conditioning to be higher the rooms that are in use and lower in the rooms that aren’t. If you are considering installing multiple programmable thermostats, you should hire a professional HVAC tech. They are up to date on the most recent models and the standards and regulations that need to be met. Also, you will have a heating and cooling expert to explain how to use the thermostats.
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According to the professionals at Energy Star, programmable thermostats can help the average household save up to $180 per year. Learning how to properly set your thermostat, creating multiple heating and cooling zones, using the “vacation” or “hold” modes properly, and avoiding extreme temperature changes in the home, will all help you save a great deal of money on your heating and cooling costs.
Not only can a programmable thermostat work wonders when it comes to your energy expenses, but it will also create a more comfortable home. This means that these devices will help you save money while feeling more comfortable at home. On top of that, be sure to schedule an HVAC tune-up for each one of your systems. An AC tune-up will need to be scheduled in the spring, before the summer. Your heater will need one scheduled in the fall, before the winter. Even if you missed the boat, late is better than never. Call Result Home Services today to schedule maintenance for your system. Let our certified contractors get your home in great shape! We offer many different home comfort services. For a list of what we can do for you, click here.
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