If you’re worried about wasting energy in heating or cooling your home when you’re not there, consider installing a programmable thermostat. This one piece of technology can be used to control your heating and cooling systems while you’re away and even while you sleep.
If you and your family have a set schedule for the week and there are several periods of the day when there’s no one home, adjusting the temperature for those periods could save you between 5 and 15 percent on your annual heating and cooling costs. These savings amount to about 1 percent per degree that you turn your thermostat down.
Without a programmable thermostat, it’s up to the last person to leave the house to turn the thermostat down and the first one home to turn it back up when he or she arrives. Not only is that annoying, but it can also lead to the first person home having to deal with uncomfortable conditions upon return. With a programmable thermostat, the system can be set to automatically turn the heating or air conditioning on at specific times throughout the day.
While programmable thermostats are great for standard air conditioning and furnace systems, if you use a heat pump, this type of unit would work in a way that makes the heat pump lose efficiency. This is also the case with baseboard heating systems — both boiler and 120/240 volt electrical. A NATE-certified technician can help you decide if another thermostat could work for you.
For more expert advice about whether a programmable thermostat is right for your home, contact the pros at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving the Grand Traverse County area for over 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about Programmable Thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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