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Programmable Thermostat | Heating and Air Conditioning

Programmable Thermostat | Heating and Air Conditioning

Programmable Thermostat | Heating and Air Conditioning

When a problem occurs with your home’s heating and air conditioning system, the thermostat is a frequently overlooked component. Nothing lasts forever, and this includes the HVAC thermostat. The thermostat controls when the heating and air conditioning system cuts on and off, the temperature inside the home, and fan control. For a number of years, a manual thermostat was the homeowner’s only option. Today, you can gain precise control, and save energy with a programmable thermostat.

Precise Control 

Traditional manual thermostats cannot offer the accuracy or the features of a programmable thermostat. How often have you set a manual thermostat to 78 degrees, for example, and the system would not come on until 80 degrees? A programmable thermostat will provide greater accuracy, precise control, a comfortable home, and may offer additional features depending upon the model.

Reduce Energy Bills

Programmable thermostats allow you to program the desired temperature on a schedule. This feature is convenient for busy homeowners. Programmable thermostats adjust the temperature to the settings and time you specify, and adjusts itself according to the schedule you program. This feature saves you money on the cost of energy by reducing the run time of the system while family members are away.    

According to energy.gov, you can save up to 1% for every degree you adjust the thermostat. Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostats allow adjustments via a smart phone, tablet, or computer. This feature is convenient for persons whose schedules are subject to change. 

Improve Maintenance and System Performance

Numerous features are available from a variety of programmable thermostats, including the ability to provide advanced information on the heating and air conditioning system’s performance. Specific models will alert you when it is time to change the filter, the need for maintenance, performance alerts, and more. 

Maintenance alerts are helpful to remind you to change the filter or schedule annual service. Furthermore, by providing routine maintenance, the system’s performance, and lifespan are optimized, saving money on energy, increasing comfort, and reducing the frequency of air conditioning repair. 

Features 

Programmable thermostats offer a variety of features specific to the model. However, there are features that are common among a number of them: 

  • Precise control: Programmable thermostats enable homeowners to program temperature settings for their comfort requirements on a schedule. In addition, controls compatible with humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers and ventilators are available on specific models, providing complete control over the home’s heating and air conditioning
  • Reduces Energy Use: Programmable thermostats save energy by providing accurate temperature control, preventing the waste of unnecessary energy. 
  • Forgetting to reset it when you leave becomes a non-issue with a programmable thermostat. This feature reduces energy consumption when no one is home, and automatically provides the desired comfort level when you return.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are programmable thermostats with advanced features that provide remote access of the thermostat. These features include the ability to remotely control the thermostat, notification when the thermostat is manually modified, and energy savings reports providing guidance to energy efficient settings for the home’s heating and air conditioning. In addition, specific models of smart thermostats offer the ability to adapt and self “learn” the family’s schedule with minimal effort from you. 

The smart thermostat is remotely controlled through Wi-Fi connectivity. Available features include the ability to work with home automation, a security system, and to operate compatible LED lights giving the appearance that the home is occupied.

Recommended Temperatures

The recommended temperatures to save energy and comfort are:

Summer 

Maintain a temperature of 78° F when the home is occupied. For each degree above this temperature, you will save approximately 1% on energy costs.

Winter 

Maintain a temperature of 68° F during waking hours, and 65°F when sleeping. During the hours when the home is unoccupied, a setting of 55°F will prevent frozen pipes, and provide energy savings of 1% for each degree the temperature is reduced. For example, by lowering the unoccupied temperature from 65 degrees F to 55 degrees F, you will save an addition 10 percent on the cost of energy. Furthermore, reduced run time on the heating and air conditioning system reduces wear and tear, and provides an extended lifespan.  

Finally, the proper location of a thermostat is on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, doorways, skylights, windows, and other drafts. Do not block the thermostat with furniture, boxes or other objects, as this will result in poor performance and inaccurate temperature control. In addition, when selecting a programmable thermostat, ensure a convenient location where programming it will not be difficult.

Contact Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning for additional information. Our certified professionals provide reliable heating and air conditioning services including air conditioning repair, sir conditioning installation and maintenance. You can rely upon our experienced HVAC technicians’ to meet or exceed the industry standards, and provide you with first quality HVAC services.  

Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning’s certified technicians can assist you in selecting the proper programmable thermostat for your heating and air conditioning system. We serve Katy, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Our dedicated technicians offer convenient 24-hour emergency services for your convenience.