With your busy life, it’s easy to forget to turn down the heat or raise the temperature for the air conditioner as you run out the door. This means you may be heating or cooling your home while no one’s there and wasting money in the process. One of the best ways to reduce home heating and cooling costs is by having a programmable thermostat installed in your home. However, with all the programmable thermostats now available on the market, how do you know which one is just right for you? Here’s some information that can help you make a solid choice:
Why Choose a Programmable Thermostat?
Instead of having to change temperature settings, all you have to do with a programmable thermostat is program it once and forget about it. When you’re at work or sleeping at night, a programmable thermostat can automatically adjust the set temperature. This helps keep you more comfortable and better yet, reduces your energy costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a reduction of seven to 10 degrees at least eight hours a day can save you up to almost 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling costs.
Types of Programmable Thermostats
- Basic programmable – This type of thermostat will usually allow you to set your preferred temperatures for different times throughout the day and for different days during the week, for example day versus night and weekdays versus weekends.
- Remote energy management – This type of thermostat gives you the ability to control your thermostat from wherever you can connect to the Internet through your smartphone, computer or tablet, provided the thermostat is connected to your home’s WiFi.
- Learning – This type of thermostat is programmable and also connects to your WiFi, but it’s also capable of learning your patterns from the temperature changes you make to create a program that suits your needs. You can access your learning thermostat anywhere you can connect to the Internet.
To learn more about programmable thermostats in the Houston area, call Davis Air Conditioning & Heating for more information.