One of the best ways to save money on your heating or cooling bills is by investing in a new thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to set your home temperature to your schedule. You can even do this from your phone with an app programmed to a smart thermostat!
By investing in a new programmable thermostat, you can arrange the times you want your furnace or A/C unit to kick on by setting an automatic schedule.
Programmable thermostats both store and repeat multiple daily or weekly settings (and you have the option to temporarily manually override your program without messing up the pre-programmed schedule).
Operating Your Thermostat
The ultimate goals of installing a new thermostat are to save money and keep you comfortable!
You can save money on your energy bill by bumping your thermostat up (or down, depending on the season) multiple degrees from its normal setting for several hours a day.
In the winter, you can set your thermostat lower when you are asleep, and in the summer keep your house slightly warmer than usual while you are away.
A higher inside temperature in the summer will slow the transfer of heat into your home, which will save energy from your A/C unit. A lower temperature in the winter results in slower heat loss.
Think of it this way: the greater the difference in your thermostat temperature from the outside temperature, the harder it is for your HVAC system to work efficiently. By ensuring a smaller difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature, you are paying a lower energy bill!
Choosing a New Thermostat
Thermostats these days are digital. Digital thermostats offer the greatest features in terms of multiple program settings, easy overrides, and automatic adjustments for daylight savings time.
Older systems usually operate via sliding bars- these are outdated and are probably costing you money in poor efficiency ratings.
New smart thermostats incorporate the best of the digital world: they are intelligent enough to learn the energy patterns of your household and offer the ease of programming from the unit itself or your phone or tablet – or even your voice!
You can also analyze and track your home’s energy usage, allowing for easy adjustment towards energy savings.
The energy efficiency of your new thermostat can depend on home placement.
We can help locate the best spot in your home to help achieve peak performance.
A thermostat is ideally located on an interior wall away from doors and windows (including skylights), which helps minimize false temperature readings. It should be placed near where natural air heating and cooling from convection occurs.
Don’t forget to check for local or state incentives on smart thermostats! If your home has a heat pump, an electric resistance system, or steam or radiant floor heating, contact us to determine the best customized thermostat for you. At Outstanding Heating and Cooling, we can also answer your questions about new thermostats and how they can work with any HVAC system. 937-439-4696