An excellent way to save money and get the most out of the energy you put into your home-comfort system is effectively using your thermostat. Check out the answers to these 3 must-know thermostat questions that can translate to big savings on your monthly energy bills.
For many people, there is a daily visit to the thermostat to change the setting. Maybe you’re going to work, or maybe it’s just too hot inside, either way, it’s not out of the ordinary to get up and go to the thermostat.
We bring this up because there are many different thermostat options for you choose from, and you should know about all of them. After reading this blog, you will be able to save money while boosting comfort; we call that a win-win.
1. What Kind of Thermostats Are Out There?
For many homeowners, the classic non-programmable thermostat is still the norm. It’s attached to the wall, easy to use, reliable and efficient, but to change it you must go to the thermostat directly. It can still save you energy, but it will require a little more legwork on your part. That said, it is a great option to manage your in-home comfort!
That can’t be said about the programmable thermostat, which will match your daily schedule and adjust accordingly. If you’re out of the house from 9-5, let your thermostat take it easy and burn less energy. With a programmable thermostat, you can set it and forget it, allowing you to focus on your day ahead.
Wireless thermostats are the best when it comes to convenience and comfort. You can program your thermostat to shadow your daily schedule, but also make realtime changes in case something changes. So, if you make your schedule but something unexpected comes up, you can adjust your thermostat accordingly to save energy on the spot!
These are relatively unknown options for homeowners because they serve a particular kind of HVAC best. Outlet thermostats are best options for portable heating and cooling units, as well as space heaters and window units. So, if your heating and cooling systems are not intricate with ductwork throughout the home, this is a great option!
2. Should I Program My Thermostat?
It all depends on your life, schedule, and activity level. If you have a standard schedule where you work the same hours every day then programming your thermostat could be very beneficial. That said, if your schedule is changing daily then you need real-time adjustments. For instance, if you have kids and your time after work is filled with extra activities, or if you work a different shift every day then what kind of schedule can program your thermostat to match?
That said if you have a wireless thermostat you can do both. If you’re out of the home and your schedule changes you can make real time changes to your thermostat from wherever you are.
3. How Do I Use My Thermostat Properly?
No matter what kind of thermostat you use, you can save money. To do that, you should never make major changes in the temperature setting. When you are leaving for work, you should only raise the temperature slightly rather than shutting the system off entirely because turning the system on and off burns more fuel. Making slight fluctuations is possible no matter what kind of thermostat you have and is the best method for saving money. Follow these other tips to make sure you get the most out of your money and your thermostat.
A thermostat is an excellent way to stay comfortable and efficient at the same time. A programmable or wireless system makes it easier to do than the standard option does, but it is possible to save money with both options. Regardless of what thermostat your use, you must be vigilant and consistent. Making your thermostat a part of your daily schedule will pay major dividends at the end of each month.