Programmable Thermostat | Heating and Air Conditioning
Reasons to Replace a Manual Thermostat
Replacing a manual thermostat is one of the simplest changes you can make to your heating and air conditioning system for saving energy. If you have a manual thermostat, there are a number of reasons to upgrade to a programmable thermostat. While features will vary slightly between brands and models, in the following overview we will look at some of the most popular, and those that are common.
Precise Control and Accuracy
Conventional manual thermostats cannot offer the accuracy of a programmable thermostat. For example, you may set the air conditioning at 76 degrees, and according to the thermostat’s thermometer, it may be 77 degrees in the home, and the HVAC system is not operating. A programmable thermostat will provide greater accuracy, precise control and a comfortable home.
Reduce Energy Bills
Programmable thermostats allow you to program temperature according to time and day. This feature is convenient for homeowners with set schedules. Programmable thermostats enable you to program the temperature to be higher during the summer when no one is home, and to program the unit to reduce the temperature before you return home. The feature saves you money on the cost of energy by reducing the run time of the system while you 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 to through a smart phone, tablet, or computer. This feature is convenient for persons whose schedules are subject to change.
Improve Maintenance and System Performance
Specific models of programmable thermostats are capable of providing advanced information on the heating and air conditioning system’s performance, including when to change the filter, the need for maintenance and performance alerts. By providing routine maintenance, and the system’s performance, and lifespan will be optimal, and will reduce the frequency for air conditioning repair in Katy.
Convenience and Comfort
Smart thermostats collect historical information about room temperatures and preferences, resulting in a greater comfort level. Specific models of smart thermostats “learn” over time, providing an option for those of us who find “smart technology” complicated. Unfortunately, they can be difficult for some users to program. Thermostats with the capabilities to “learn” on their own, are an option, and a convenience for those who do not want to spend a lot of time learning how to program an advanced thermostat. Smart thermostats (depending upon the model) can sense when occupants are away, and adjust the temperature accordingly for energy efficient operation of the heating and air conditioning system while you are away.
The convenience is a big factor for many homeowners. Almost everyone forgets to adjust the thermostat at some time, and a programmable thermostat stops the waste of energy. Once you set the parameters of your schedule, temperature adjustments are automatically provided winter and summer, to your heating and air conditioning system.
Some energy companies, state and local programs may provide a rebate or credit dependent upon your location. If eligible, these can assist in offsetting the initial cost of the unit.
Remember, all thermostats require a location on an interior wall away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows to provide accurate operation. Furthermore, do not place furniture in front of the thermostat. This will block natural air movement and result in poor performance. When selecting a programmable thermostat, ensure a convenient location for programming, our technicians will be glad to recommend optimal locations when relocating a thermostat.
Contact a Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning heating and air conditioning professional for additional information. Our NATE certified HVAC technicians are available to assist you in selecting the programmable thermostat right 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.