Why Programmable Thermostats Are Hot!
Why pay for something you never use?
Very few of us adjust the thermostat for when we are away from our Washington homes, which means your furnace or air conditioner is heating or cooling empty rooms. You pay for comfort nobody is enjoying.
You can lower or raise the thermostat settings every time you leave to save energy, but then you return to a Friday Harbor home that is either too warm or too cold, depending on the time of year. Who wants that?
Our solution at West Mechanical is to replace your old thermostat with a programmable thermostat that can increase your comfort, lower your utility bills, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Serving clients in Friday Harbor and the surrounding area, our goal is to be the number one provider for all your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services. We find ways to keep you and your loved ones cozy, safe, and comfortable throughout the year.
What Is a Programmable Thermostat?
You are taking a vacation but leaving your cat at home. You are worried about setting the thermostat low because you know your cat likes it warm. How much are you willing to pay to keep your cat cozy?
With a programmable thermostat, that question is moot. You can preprogram the settings to keep it slightly warmer during the day and cooler at night. You enjoy the sunshine, and your cat enjoys a warm Washington home. Everybody wins.
Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust different temperature settings for various times throughout the day. If you have a smart thermostat, you can set the thermostat remotely via your cell phone or tablet. Depending on your needs, you can find thermostats equipped with advanced features—such as predicting weather patterns and alerting you to potential issues with your HVAC equipment.
Save Money on Your Energy Bills
Cost savings is one of the top benefits of installing a programmable thermostat. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average homeowner can save up to 10 percent a year on heating expenses by dialing back the thermostat 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit for eight hours a day from its previous setting.
In the summer, you go in the opposite direction by turning up your thermostat while you are away.
A programmable thermostat allows you to return the thermostat to its previous settings before you walk in the door or wake up from sleep. You no longer have to wait for the house to warm up in the winter or cool off in the summer. You get to relax instead and play with the cat!
During the winter months, try to keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and then lowering it 7 to 10 degrees at night.
In the summer, set the temperature at 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are not home or when you sleep. Keeping your thermostat set at these two temperatures during the year will save you a significant amount of money on your annual utility expenses.
Programmable Thermostats and Zone Control Systems
If you have a zone control system in your Friday Harbor home, improve its performance by adding programmable thermostats.
Zoning your home allows you to set different temperatures throughout the house. Programmable thermostats take that strategy a step further by allowing you to determine the best times to change the temperatures in each climate.
Protect Your HVAC Equipment
Think of your programmable thermostat as the quarterback of your HVAC system. Count on it to call the right plays.
Running your furnace all day long in the winter will run up your energy bills and stress your HVAC system. A programmable thermostat keeps the furnace from running the entire day, only triggering it to turn on an hour or so before you walk in the door.
You can apply the same approach to your air conditioner. Why run it all day when you are away? A programmable thermostat controls when these appliances run, saving money and helping to extend the service life of your equipment.
Learn More About Programmable Thermostats!
At West Mechanical, we always look for ways to improve your comfort, safety, and health. Call 360-734-7599 or request service online today to have one of our professionals demonstrate how a programmable thermostat can add another layer of comfort to your Friday Harbor, WA, home.