A large percentage of home energy use goes toward heating and cooling. In addition to scheduling routine HVAC maintenance to fix equipment inefficiencies, homeowners should also install programmable thermostats to prevent energy bills from sky-rocketing. To learn more about programmable thermostats, use this helpful guide.
Why Invest in a Programmable Thermostat?
1. Save Energy During Off-Peak Hours
Many homeowners make the mistake of keeping the air conditioner or furnace on full-blast when no one is home. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the system to adjust the temperature throughout the day.
For example, setting the thermostat to lower the temperature 7 to 10 degrees while kids are at school and adults are at work can reduce annual heating and cooling costs by 10%.
2. Control Temperatures Remotely
With a programmable thermostat, you can control the temperature in your home while at work or out of town. A Wi-Fi thermostat can be synced to your smartphone or tablet. As long as you have an internet signal, it’s possible to monitor and adjust temperatures throughout the day.
3. Extend the Life of Your HVAC System
A programmable thermostat can also affect your HVAC maintenance needs. In an attempt to save money, some people shut off their heating and cooling systems before they leave for the day. After HVAC equipment is turned off, however, it takes a lot of work to reach the desired temperature quickly when it’s turned back on.
This effort places strain on mechanical components. A programmable thermostat will make slight adjustments throughout the day to maintain a comfortable temperature and prevent premature equipment wear.
To keep your home comfortable in every season, contact the HVAC maintenance experts at Glastonbury Burner & Boiler. Based in Hartford County, CT, these professionals have been providing comprehensive HVAC services since 1989. To schedule cooling and heating services and learn about their two-year warranty on parts and labor, call (860) 659-4120. Find out more about preventative HVAC maintenance online.