5 Ways A Programmable Thermostat Can Save You Big This Winter

5 Ways A Programmable Thermostat Can Save You Big This WinterTurning back the thermostat to save heating expenses during the winter in Grand Traverse County isn’t always comfortable, but neither is opening a high heating bill. Find out how programmable thermostats bridge the gap between home comfort and reducing heating costs in big ways.

Consistent Comfort, Big Savings

One of the nice paybacks of using a programmable thermostat is that it promotes consistent heating habits with comfortable and energy-saving temperature settings. It removes guesswork and fiddling (or tampering) with settings, and reduces battles over thermostat levels.

Smart Programming

Of course, in order to reduce heating costs and boost comfort, the programmable thermostat must be programmed correctly. This sample program saves upwards of 15 percent heating costs, with minimum eight-hour setback periods, according to Energy.gov statistics:

  • Working time – set back 10 degrees from comfort setting
  • Return time – normal comfort temperature setting
  • Sleep time – set back four to eight degrees
  • Wake time – normal comfort temperature setting

System Reminders and Alerts

A clean air filter is important for heating performance, as well as healthful indoor air quality. A clogged filter restricts airflow to the blower, which increases energy consumption. Select a programmable thermostat with system reminders for changing the air filter and with system alerts for malfunctions in the heating system.

System Performance

Programmable thermostats vary in sophistication and complexity for operation and installation. You want to be absolutely sure that your new device will work with your heating system, especially if you have a heat pump or dual-fuel system. A thermostat that’s compatible and designed for your heating system make and model will perform correctly and save energy.

Installed Right

Switching out your old thermostat for a new programmable thermostat may require the skill of a certified HVAC technician, depending on the type of heating system you have. If you’re installing a new heating system, make sure you work closely with your HVAC pro to select the right thermostat.

For more details about programmable thermostats, please contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today. We proudly serve homeowners in Grand Traverse County and surrounding areas.

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