Programmable Thermostats: What Are They and Do They Save Money?
January 10, 2020
Programmable thermostats have become common over the years, due to the efficiency and energy-saving capabilities they offer. If you are new to programmable thermostats, don’t worry! The pros at Mattioni have prepared a helpful guide to programmable thermostats and how they can help change your HVAC system!
What is A Programmable Thermostat?
Programmable thermostats are essentially thermostats that allow you to maintain and change your indoor temperature using a pre-set schedule. With this thermostat you can set a weekly or daily temperature schedule without having to constantly change the settings as you would with a manual one. This feature of programmable thermostats has made them favorable to a lot of homeowners because it allows comfort with little effort.
Programmable thermostats also offer other features, an important one being wi-fi connectivity. A thermostat with wi-fi connectivity can also be referred to as a “smart thermostat.” This specific feature allows you control your indoor temperature remotely, using a specific app on your smartphone or tablet. Smart thermostats also come with other capabilities such as proximity sensors, maintenance reminders and vacation mode.
Do Programmable Thermostats Save Money?
A lot of homeowners are interested in whether programmable thermostats can help in saving money. The answer is a little more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no.” According to the Department of Energy, homeowners can save as much as 10 degrees on heating and cooling by changing their thermostat settings by 7-10 degrees, for only 8 hours a day. The scheduling feature in programmable thermostats allows you to put this in practice easily. You can also do this with smart thermostats as the wi-fi connectivity feature will give you full control of your thermostat remotely. So, if you forgot set a schedule or change the temperature, you can easily do it from your phone.
So essentially, a programmable thermostat CAN save you money, if you make use of its various features. If you set an energy-saving schedule, like the one we mentioned above, you will most likely see a reduction in energy consumption.
What Programmable Thermostat Should I Choose?
One of the many great things about programmable and smart thermostats is that there are various designs available on the market. If you want to get a standard programmable thermostat with a scheduling feature, you have that option. If you want wi-fi connectivity for greater control, you have that option too. If you’re interested in a more advanced “learning” smart thermostat—a type of thermostat that can learn about your daily habits—fascinatingly, that option is also available on the market. To make sure you choose the best thermostat for you and your family, it is important to do your research. Consult HVAC technicians who have knowledge about the industry and changing HVAC technologies.
Want to Learn More About Programmable Thermostats? Call Mattioni!
We hope this guide to programmable thermostats was helpful. If you are interested in learning more about them, get in touch with the pros at Mattioni! Call us today at 610-400-8510 or schedule an appointment with us online!