One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce your home heating and cooling bills is by installing a programmable thermostat. These temperature regulators allow you to set specified temperatures for different times of the day and different days of the week. This means the system can be set to heat or cool the home only when it is occupied.
For families with a set routine, where the parents work during the day and children are at school, these units can save an average household up to 33 percent on annual HVAC costs. If you are concerned that you will come home to an uncomfortably cold or warm situation, the programmable thermostat can be set to begin heating or cooling your house for an hour before you arrive. That way everything is to your liking — while still saving on heating/cooling costs.
Programmable thermostats come in several different variations. There are standard models that offer four preprogrammed settings, seven-day models, 5+2 models and 5+1+1 models. The standard models offer little to no extra control over a standard thermostat and are generally not recommended. Seven-day models are the most expensive, but offer the most control. These are perfect for the family that has a varied daily schedule. The 5+2 models offer one setting for Monday through Friday and one setting for Saturday and Sunday. These are good for people who have a typical 9-to-5 workday schedule and limited weekend activities. The 5+1+1 models offer individual settings for Saturday and Sunday.
Several high-end models offer extra features including backlit displays and touchpad screen programming. Specialty models also include programming over the phone or Internet, vacation settings and adaptive recovery systems that turn the system on based on how long it will take to reach the desired temperature by the time you arrive home.
For more expert advice about programmable thermostats and other issues related to home comfort, please feel free to contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving the Grand Traverse County area since 1980.
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