At Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical, our primary goal within any HVAC situation within your home is to provide you with improved efficiency and value. Whether through basic HVAC repair and maintenance services or a new furnace or air conditioner installation, we’ll ensure your system is operating optimally and keeping you and your family comfortable without a crazy bill at the end of each month.
One related item we regularly bring up to clients who do not yet have one in their home is the programmable thermostat. Unlike the older manual thermostat, which requires someone in the home to actively change the temperature dial in-person every time you want to alter it, the programmable thermostat is a modern option that allows for much greater control. You can set schedules for heating and cooling well in advance based on your typical hours, including limiting energy usage when no one is home during the work or school day. With smart modern thermostat options, you can even access the thermostat from anywhere using your smartphone and make changes as needed.
Here are several specific benefits of programmable or smart thermostats, and why you should strongly consider upgrading to one:
The HVAC system builds up stress and strain over the years based on several factors, and the single largest factor here is the amount of time they’re run for. The more hours an HVAC system or component spends in operation, the faster it will wear down and begin to decline in performance.
This is a major area where a programmable thermostat comes in handy. If everyone leaves the home for several hours per day, for instance, you can set the thermostat schedule to lower operation during these periods of the day, saving major wear-and-tear on the components. You can do the same based on sleep schedules or any other factor you choose.
Down similar lines, this same practice of reducing wear-and-tear on the system also limits the repairs that will be needed. Not only will the system last longer, it will do so without you having to shell out money for constant repairs.
Finally, another direct benefit of a programmable or smart thermostat is the energy savings you accomplish. Research has shown that properly-utilized programmable thermostats save up to 30 percent on monthly heating and cooling costs – every degree you’re able to lower on the thermostat in winter, for instance, corresponds with roughly a three percent energy savings. You’re both saving yourself some money and benefitting the environment with lower energy usage.
For more on the benefits of a programmable or smart thermostat, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at Expert Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical today.