Should I Switch to a Programmable Thermostat?


There could be a variety of reasons as to why your bill seems to keep increasing when there is a season change. The most common reason is that your thermostat is constantly tampered with, which causes your system to overwork itself and your energy bill to constantly rise. A programmable thermostat can not only save you money on those monthly bills but it can also be adjusted to your home’s preference and prolong the life of your HVAC system. 

In the average U.S home, space heating and cooling is the largest energy expense. The reason for this is that many regularly leave their AC or heating system continually running throughout the day, even when they are not home. Although you may think that you’re saving money, the probability is that you’re wasting more money than you would, if you were to invest in a programmable thermostat. It’s easy to forget to manually change your thermostat to a certain temperature at a specific time, manually adjust to weather conditions outside or switch it off when you have left the house. By upgrading to a programmable thermostat, your home’s temperature changes will become automatic and change according to your specific scheduled preference. 

This allows you to schedule your thermostat to lower the temperature or turn off the system while you’re away, and readjust to the scheduled temperature when you’re due to arrive back home. Not only does it help you save a few dollars off your bill each month, but it also helps to prevent over-stressing your system. Being able to program your thermostat to the time of day helps avoid the feeling of being too cold or too hot in your home and avoids running your unit all day. 

If you are wanting to upgrade your thermostat to a programmable one, we at Duct Professor would love to help. Give us a call to help you start saving and choose the best thermostat for your home. 

Money Saving Thermostat Tips

❖ Turning your thermostat down 7°-10°F for eight hours a day could make a great difference. Whether you’re just sleeping or away from home those eight hours could save you up to 10% a year on your energy bill. 

❖ During summer, it is recommended to keep your home at the warmest temperature you could withstand while you’re away and to set your AC thermostat to 78°F (26°C) when home to get cooled. The reason for this is the smaller the difference between the outside temperature and indoor the lower your cooling bill is. 

❖ In the winter, it’s advised to keep your thermostat set to 68°F while you’re home and set it lower when you’re asleep or away. This will also allow you to save money on your heating bill, the reason again being the smaller the difference between the outside temperature and indoor the lower the heating bill will be. This will also allow you to not have any discomfort since it will automatically set to your preferred temperature when you wake up or arrive home.