After a long day at work, many people return to an empty, chilly home in the summer and an empty, toasty warm home in the winter with no one but the utility company bill collector to appreciate the expense. Meanwhile, other homeowners who try to save energy expend too much of their own repeatedly changing the thermostat setting. A programmable thermostat is the answer to both energy-wasting scenarios.
This practical invention allows you to set the temperature in your home so that it’s always comfortable when people are around. Setting back a thermostat 7 to 10 degrees for at least eight hours a day can reduce your energy bill by about 10 percent a year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And this includes overnight, when people usually need less cool air in the summer and less warm air in the winter to stay comfortable.
A programmable thermostat allows you to set your home temperature for certain days or a week at a time. And for those days when you fear a changing forecast might outfox you? Many of today’s programmable thermostats can be changed from a distance, via a computer or smartphone. Features vary by model, but a programmable thermostat also could allow you to:
- Check the airflow and humidity in your home
- Read maintenance reports, including warnings about a clogged filter or potential system failure
- Receive notices about gas and electricity rate changes
- Restore settings after a power or battery outage
During the summer, you can make the most of a programmable thermostat by following a simple, practical schedule, such as:
- 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. – 74 degrees
- 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – 81 degrees
- 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. – 74 degrees
- 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. – 81 degrees
At T.F. O’Brien Heating & Cooling, we enjoy spreading the word about programmable thermostats, to make our customers’ lives easier and to save them money on their utility bills. Call us today for a consultation and you’ll sweat far less over your energy bills during all seasons of the year.
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