Uses and Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

timerAccording to the Energy Star program, a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 a year on energy costs.

It might not look like a lot of money, but after a few years you can expect hefty savings. Discount Appliance Repair is here today to help you see the benefits of installing a programmable thermostat.

So who should opt in for a programmable thermostat?

-     Anyone trying to cut down energy bills or live a frugal lifestyle

-     Anyone who cares about environment and aims to reduce energy use

-     Anyone who has a relatively stable schedule which involves being away from home for more than 7 hours on weekdays

Do you include yourself in one of the three above-mentioned groups? If the answer is “yes,” you’ll be happy with the range of options and benefits your new programmable thermostat can offer. Think about this:

-     It is more accurate than a manual thermostat, therefore, it will be better at detecting indoor temperature and adjusting the heating and cooling settings accordingly.

-     It doesn’t contain mercury and is more eco-friendly.

-     It can be set to lower or raise the temperature, depending on the season, at night or at times when you and your family members are not home to avoid wasting resources.

-     It can automatically store settings and repeat them every day of the week unless you decide to manually override them.

Of course, you will pay more for a programmable thermostat than you would for a manual one, but this investment will pay off in one year, considering the costs of home heating services in Washington, DC and other areas. Besides the above benefits, a programmable thermostat may also come with many other useful features, such as:

-          Digital display with backlight and a touch pad

-          Voice or phone programming

-          Notifications to change air filters

-          Energy use monitoring

-          Time estimates for set temperature goals

-          Vacation mode

As for the scheduling capabilities, programmable thermostats typically come in three varieties:

7-day models offer the most flexibility. They let you set different heating/cooling schedule for each day of the week and have up to 4 temperature change modes within 1 day.

5+2-day models are perfect if you have two main schedules – a weekday and a weekend that rarely change.

5-1-1 models are for people whose weekend schedule changes a lot, so they need separate modes for Saturday and Sunday.

If you want to take full advantage of your programmable thermostat, set the temperature at 68 degrees or lower at night and at times when you are away from home. Program the heat to kick in at 70 (or higher if desired) half an hour before you get up or return home. Remember, starting with 72, for every degree you lower the temperature, you save about 3% on the energy bill. Are you ready to switch to a programmable thermostat? We are specialists in appliance installation and appliance repair in Virginia, so be sure to give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.