Can programmable thermostats make your life easier – and help lower your energy costs as well? For almost everyone, the answer is “Yes!”
A programmable thermostat can keep your home comfortable when you and your family are home, but cut down on energy use when the house is empty. Right now, for instance, you probably don’t want the air conditioning going when no one’s around. On the other hand, you don’t want to walk into an oven at the end of the day. Solution? Program the thermostat to maintain a higher temperature while everyone’s gone and to cool the house before before you walk in the door. The thermostat can also adjust the temperature while you’re asleep.
In winter, the house can cool down when no one’s home, and the thermostat will turn on the heat so that family members can walk into a toasty, warm living room later. The thermostat will also set back the temperature around 8 degrees when everyone goes to bed.
The Department of Energy’s EnergyStar Internet site maintains pages of advice on programmable thermostats. Since programmable thermostats can involve up to 10 wires, your best bet is to have a trained technician install the device for you.
If you have any questions on thermostats – or on any other part of your heating and air conditioning systems – please give us a call at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air.We’re part of Asheville Oil, and we’re always willing to help with any of your home comfort needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about programmable thermostats and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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