Your thermostat is an important part of your heating and cooling system. While most new systems come equipped with a programmable thermostat, your older system may not possess one. Consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat or taking further advantage of the one you already have, since a programmable thermostat offers several benefits to both you and your system.
A programmable thermostat is designed to be convenient for the user. With the ability to program the temperature to change throughout the day, you never have to worry about remembering to adjust the thermostat before you leave for the day or feeling uncomfortable when you return home.
Programmable thermostats can also be set to follow a variety of patterns, so you can have a set schedule for weekdays or weekends, depending on your preference. Programmable thermostats can run on either a “5-2,” “5-1-1,” or a “7-day.” A 5-2 programmable thermostat will schedule one set of temperatures for the weekdays and a different set for the weekend. A 5-1-1 however, allows for a standard weekday schedule with an additional schedule for both Saturday and Sunday. As its name suggests, a 7-day thermostat will run the same pattern of changes throughout each day of the week.
Programming your thermostat to rise and fall throughout the day is one of the simplest things you can do to lower your energy bill. According to the Department of Energy, setting your thermostat back by 7-10 degrees for at least 8 hours a day can help you save as much as 10% a year on your heating and cooling bill. By utilizing a programmable thermostat you are able to conserve energy and also economize your energy bill.
Beneficial To Your System
Programming your thermostat to adjust to these changes is also easier on your system. With programmed temperature changes, your heating and cooling system can gradually increase temperatures when needed, instead of adjusting quickly to sporadic spikes.
If your home is not equipped with a programmable thermostat, updating to one can offer several benefits to you and your home. If you already own a programmable thermostat, be sure that you are properly utilizing it to receive the full benefits to your system and energy bill. For any questions or for more information, contact Fayette Heating & Air at 859-233-0424.