Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

Without the benefits of a programmable thermostat, your energy bill might rise with the mercury

programmable thermostatHave you ever left your home in the morning forgetting to adjust your thermostat up or down, and worried 1) what will my electric/gas bill look like this month, or 2) how uncomfortable will the temperature be in my home when I return?  Or, have you either woken up in the middle of the night uncomfortably warm, or felt too cold in the morning and resisted getting up to adjust the thermostat?  All of these scenarios could soon be a thing of the past with a programmable thermostat.  In recent years, these thermostats have become quite popular, and the more sophisticated models have many features you may not even be aware of.  These are a few of the benefits of a programmable thermostat:

Cost Savings

Probably the best benefit of a programmable thermostat is that when it is used properly it will save you money – even as much as 10% a year off your heating or cooling bill!  These savings will likely pay for the thermostat itself within the first year of installing it.  Programmable thermostats work by allowing you to program it with a heating and cooling schedule, so it can follow this unique scheduling rather than adjusting toward only one temperature.  When you are not at home or sleeping, you turn the thermostat back from its normal setting so the system does not operate as much.

Increased Comfort

Another wonderful benefit of a programmable thermostat is that it stores multiple daily settings.  You can keep these settings the same every day, or change the temperature settings each day to better maximize your comfort.  Imagine sleeping in a nice cool temperature, but having the system preset to be just slightly warmer before you are ready to wake up, much nicer right?  Coming home in the evening your home will be at the perfect temperature for you based on your setting preferences, without the high bill worries.

Programmable Thermostat Features

When shopping for a programmable thermostat, you may want to review exactly what features are important to you.  All of them will include the multiple setting features, but some include advanced features such as: vacation settings, humidity sensors, and multiple cooling and heating stages.  Some also have features where you can remotely access the system and override the program from a phone or computer, say if you are working later than usual and you want to postpone the heat or AC from turning on.  There are even models that analyze the current weather conditions along with the size of and activity levels in your home, and then recommend the best energy efficient settings for you.

Overall, the benefits of a programmable thermostat are pretty astounding.  They do not contain mercury, and they are more accurate and convenient than manual thermostats.  Think about installing one in your home to help cut back expenses and increase comfort.

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