Your thermostat controls your heating and cooling systems, alerting them when the temperature needs to be changed based on a predetermined temperature you input. Thermostat options include programmable thermostats, mechanical thermostats and electric thermostats.
Mechanical thermostats cost the least of the three, but can be unreliable and produce significant temperature variations. Ideally, your thermostat should cause no more than a 2 degree temperature variation. If you have an older home, chances are you have a manual thermostat and you should consider upgrading.
Electronic thermostats respond faster to temperature variations, but cost more than mechanical ones. Because they respond to temperature changes more quickly, electric thermostats tend to be more precise than other thermostats.
There are few methods of saving energy that are quite as simple and effective as installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically adjust temperatures in your house according to preset times. These thermostats can save you money since you can program them to different temperatures throughout the day, such as reducing the temperature at night and when you’re not at home during the winter and raising it just before you return home.
When you first install your programmable thermostat, you’ll need to set your daily temperature presets. Try to go for no more than four settings a day—any more than this and your air conditioner or heating system will need to constantly adjust to keep up with it, compromising its efficiency. Most people set one preset for when everyone is at work or school, one for when they are home and one for when everyone is asleep. Some models also have vacation modes so you can adjust the temperature for longer periods of time when you are away.
If you’re interested in installing a programmable thermostat, contact All Seasons Heating & Cooling today.