Choosing a Programmable Thermostat to Save on Utility Bills
No matter the type of HVAC system you use in your home, cutting down on your electricity bills is a priority. Maybe you’ve replaced an older furnace with a new heat pump or have had your home re-insulated. Choosing a programmable thermostat is a great way to increase your savings while ensuring a high level of comfort.
What Are Programmable Thermostats Anyway?
Programmable thermostats, also known as smart thermostats, have all of the features of a standard thermostat but with extra capabilities designed to allow homeowners to make the most of their heating and cooling systems. Such thermostats can be programmed to handle comfort needs during different times of the day and year, and many can even be controlled remotely over wireless connections.
Making the Most of Your Smart Thermostat
Buying a smart thermostat is just the first step towards ensuring greater comfort and energy savings at home. It’s essential that you understand how to set your thermostat to best provide for your needs. Of course, you’ll also need to talk to your HVAC contractor to be sure that the thermostat you choose is compatible with your heating and cooling system. In most cases, it’s best to choose a thermostat of the same brand as your HVAC system.
Ensuring energy savings also means choosing specific settings for your home’s comfort system. You can make the most of your thermostat by:
• Setting the thermostat to an energy-saving point during the daytime when no one is at home.
• Leaving your thermostat set at a constant temperature of 76 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter.
• Setting up programs to handle your vacation and away-time needs without fuss.
• Running different programs for zones or areas of your home that are not in use on a regular basis.
In addition to calibrating your smart thermostat, you can also make periodic adjustments to ensure on-going efficiency. Every three to four months, review your utility bills to see if there have been any substantial changes in the charges. If you’ve noticed an increase in your utility bill, think about whether or not your heating and cooling habits have changed. You may need to adjust your thermostat settings to help increase savings, especially if your HVAC system is aging. Remember that bills will also vary from season to season.
To ensure that you can get the most out of your smart thermostat, work with a professional HVAC contractor for installation and calibration. Dupuis Energy is here to help you boost your home comfort while cutting down on utility bills.