HVAC companies like Smith & Willis have been recommending programmable thermostats for years, and for good reason. A programmable thermostat may seem like a simple and insignificant addition to your home, but it can make a big difference when it comes to keeping your home at a comfortable temperature and saving money on your utility bills. Here are three reasons why Smith & Willis recommend using a programmable thermostat.
Lower Heating Bills
Having a programmable thermostat will ensure that your furnace or air conditioner is turned up only when you need it to be. One degree can make a notable difference! By just lowering your thermostat in the winter or raising it in the summer you can save big bucks, just one degree it can save you 2% on your monthly bill. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this can help save you as much as 10 percent on your heating bills every year.
A programmable thermostat will also allow you to easily bring down the temperature in your home by 10 to 15 degrees when nobody is around in the winter. This can help cut your energy bill by five to 15 percent during the cold winter months.
Having to keep an eye on your thermostat and adjusting the temperature in your home can be a hassle, which is probably why so many people just turn their furnaces to one setting and leave it that way. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your furnace to be turned up to a comfortable temperature during times when you are home and turned down to something more energy-efficient later. You only need to set this program once, making it far more convenient than an old-fashioned thermostat that needs to be adjusted manually.
This is closely tied to the above reason we mentioned, but modern programmable thermostats can be set to a very specific schedule, one that (oddly enough) takes into account the often unpredictable comings and goings of members of your household. Some people are lucky enough to have a regular schedule and can get away with having a very simple program that keeps a thermostat turned up during the mornings and evenings and turned down during a nine-to-five workday. If your schedule is a little more erratic, you can develop a slightly more complicated schedule for your thermostat. A good programmable thermostat may even come with settings specifically for those with irregular schedules. Some have 5 day schedules and others have 7 day schedules. Other programmable thermostats can be controlled remotely from your phone or tablet with a touch of a finger. These are great for keeping the temperature in your home consistent for yourself and your family.
Programmable thermostats have been around for some time, but they are recommended to homeowners for a good reason. Modern thermostats allow a degree of customization that older models never did, and that customization can make for a more comfortable home and lower energy bills. There are many options and Smith & Willis is able to help you choose the right thermostat for your needs and help you start saving money right away.
One of our most popular programmable thermostat options is the Nexia Home Intelligence system. Nexia is a smart home system that is installed quickly and easily with no major home construction. You are able to program your home heating and air conditioning right from a smart phone, tablet or computer whether you are in your home or away. Remote climate control systems save hundreds of dollars a year in heating and air conditioning costs and keep your home comfortable even with the ever changing Colorado weather.