Replacing your thermostat is one of the cheapest and easiest changes you can make to your HVAC system. If you have a manual thermostat, here are 5 reasons it’s time to upgrade to a programmable thermostat.
If you have a manual thermostat, you either have a dial that controls temperature or a sliding switch. Neither are as precise as today’s touchscreen options. Setting your air temperature 1 degree higher decreases your energy usage by 6-8%, so even a degree difference means cost, and energy, savings.
Even the most basic of today’s programmable thermostats allow you to set temperature adjustments according to time and day. This is perfect for homeowners with set schedules. Program the temperature to be higher (in the summer) when no one is home and cool down before you return. Why pay to cool, or heat, a home when no one is there to enjoy it? Another savings tip: don’t turn your AC system off unless you will be gone for days. It’s less drain on the system and more energy efficient to program it to a higher temperature than to turn it completely off, especially in Texas.
Some modern thermostats give you advanced information on the functioning of your HVAC system including when to change the filter, as well as AC maintenance and performance alerts. Performing the maintenance as suggested by the manufacturer, and keeping the service up-to-date on your AC, will improve the system’s longevity and reduce your need for AC repair.
The smarter programmable thermostats are now able to apply historical information about room temperatures and preferences through PID-controllers. This increases the comfort level by not over-shooting during the heating process and creates an optimal start time for cooling and heating by a particular hour, increasing the efficiency of the system. Not only are rooms more comfortable, but you are too. No more getting up and changing the temperature setting. However, while most programmable thermostats are inexpensive (starting at $30), these are a bit of an investment.
Some energy companies, and programmable thermostat models, are eligible for energy-saving rebates to help offset the cost of the unit.
- More Precision
- Lower Energy Bills
- Improve Maintenance
- Increased Comfort