Posted June 18, 2015 by Energy-Star
Benefits of a New Thermostat for Spring and Summer
A thermostat is a convenient and practical upgrade to your home’s cooling system. For a low installation and set-up price, you’ll gain control of your home’s HVAC equipment that will save you money every month by optimizing settings for your needs. Here are a few benefits of installing a new, modern thermostat in your home this spring or summer:
Lower Energy Bills
Modern programmable thermostats allow you to set your home’s cooling system to automatically adjust itself when you are not home. That means you won’t be wasting energy and money by running the AC for an empty house, and you’ll never return home to a house that’s had no air all day. When a home is running its air conditioning, it is losing energy to the warmer outside environment, causing it to work even harder to maintain a temperature. By letting off on the AC while you’re away (The hottest parts of the day if you’re on a 9 to 5 schedule) you’ll be doubling down on the energy savings and your wallet will notice.
The department of energy recommends keeping your home warmer than average when you are away or sleeping and then dropping the heat to around 78 degrees only when you are home.
More Comfort From Less Effort
Many programmable thermostats can be set with multiple daily settings. Each one can be reset and overridden without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program. That means you’ll get the perfect settings for your schedule without having to constantly fiddle with the thermostat. For a time when your schedule is altered, you can switch up your home’s cooling settings without throwing off future scheduling.
In-Depth Information About Your Cooling System
Information like when to change filters and potential problems with the system can be shown on your thermostat display. That will save you the hassle of keeping up on your system’s schedule, and help you keep on top of minor issues before they turn in to more costly problems.
Touch screen displays, digital readings, and easy-to-navigate menus make operating a programmable thermostat a breeze. The interfaces on modern equipment blow previous technology out of the water. Once you experience the convenience of a new thermostat, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch sooner.
Ability to Control Zones
If you ever plan on having individually controlled zones in your home, you’ll need a programmable thermostat. Whether you’re planning on making the zoning upgrade now or in the future, you should consider upgrading the thermostat first in order to reap the benefits in the meantime. Then, when it’s time to make the switch, you’ll already be ahead of the game.