Don’t have a programmable thermostat in your southern Maine home yet? You’re missing out! Programmable thermostats are an easy way to take more control of your home’s heating and cooling and save money without losing a bit of comfort along the way.
Here are 10 reasons you should have a programmable thermostat, and take the time to use it right!
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using programmable thermostats can save you 10% or more on your annual heating and cooling costs. Considering heating and cooling makeup nearly half of your home’s energy costs, that’s a nice chunk of change in the long run.
Programmable thermostats let you set your thermostat to the exact temperature you want. Manual thermostats can have a 5˚ variance between the set temperature and the actual temperature. So with a programmable thermostat, you’re saving energy and money by not constantly futzing with the thermostat trying to get the right temperature.
No more worrying, “Did I forget to turn down/up the thermostat?” after you leave the house, then finding out you did and having to pay for heating or cooling the house too much while you’re gone. No more coming home to a too-cold or too-warm house. Programmable thermostats make keeping your home comfortable, simple.
You can control the settings on your programmable thermostat, and have multiple settings —one for weekdays, one for weekends, one for vacations, and so on. And you can set it to run at a constant level.
If your HVAC system is older, using a programmable thermostat reduces the workload on it, meaning it can last longer before you need to replace it. If you have a new HVAC system, a programmable thermostat helps it run at peak efficiency.
Why heat or cool rooms you’re not using? Programmable thermostats give you the opportunity to zone your HVAC system so you’re not heating or cooling the bedrooms during the day, or the living areas after bedtime.
If your home’s HVAC system has a humidification or dehumidification system, your programmable thermostat can control that to ensure your home is at the desired humidity levels year-round.
Programmable thermostats let you lock your temperature settings to make sure no one else can tamper with the thermostat.
Many of today’s smart programmable thermostats will send notifications for you to check and change the air filter, schedule service, or alert you to a problem.
Another advantage of today’s smart thermostats is that you can check and control your home’s HVAC system anywhere you can get a signal on your mobile phone or tablet!
Contact PitStop Fuels to learn more about how to maximize your home’s efficiency, and of course, we’re always ready to help if you need a fill up on heating oil, propane, gasoline or kerosene!