Autumn is fast approaching, and many homeowners in Northwest Michigan are beginning to prepare for winter and the heating season by making improvements to lower their energy consumption and keep their houses cozy and warm. One of the easiest ways to lower your heating and cooling bills in to invest in a programmable thermostat.
Programmable thermostats are designed to operate your heating and cooling system on a schedule, so energy isn’t wasted warming or cooling down your home when your family is asleep or out of the house. During the initial programming when you first purchase and install the thermostat, you can input the times that you are usually asleep, at work, or spending time in the house, and tell the thermostat to adjust the temperature accordingly. This saves energy by decreasing the use of the HVAC system when no one is around or awake, and by eliminating HVAC rapid cycling to keep the temperature constant, which wastes a great deal of energy.
Some newer programmable thermostats even have WiFi components, allowing homeowners to use mobile devices or computers to access and control their HVAC system remotely. Many of these systems even feature advanced technology that allows them to simply learn your heating and cooling habits, meaning you don’t even have to worry about programming the thermostat- it can learn your schedule and adjust itself.
A programmable thermostat may seem like a complicated, high-tech addition to your house, but most homeowners who make the switch find that the initial programming is simple, and that they spend almost no time on the system after that. Nearly all programmable thermostats are easy enough to install by yourself, and will actually decrease the amount of time you spend worrying about the A/C or furnace, since, after programming the system, you can eliminate those extra trips to check the thermostat throughout the day. Once the programmable thermostat is installed and running, it will keep your home efficient and comfortable for you.
Contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today for more information on programmable thermostats and saving energy in your Grand Traverse County home.
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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