While so many of us get set in our ways and shun change, technology can be our best friend especially when it saves us money. Dial thermostats are going the way of the dinosaur in favor of thermostats that can do just about everything except make dinner for you. You might be one of the people that are sure you don’t need such luxuries but here are some things to consider before counting them out.
When your HVAC system runs at a constant setting all day you spend a constant amount of money keeping your home comfortable. But with a programmable thermostat you can actually set it to your routine. No longer do you have to remember to turn the AC down when you leave the house or to turn the heater down when you go to sleep at night. Just program your routine for that particular season and you watch the savings roll in.
Adjust on the Fly
For those days when the weatherman gets it all wrong, the remote models can be great as you can access them from a computer or smart phone while you are at work or on vacation. Things change, cold fronts strike and maybe you want to come home to a nice cozy, warm home. Just a few taps on your phone and it’s done. Even when you are home, for the laziest invention since the television remote, remain seated and adjust the temperature from your smartphone.
Many of the most advanced models are well under $300 and maybe that sounds like a lot but when you factor in the new efficiency you have in being able to control the settings when you are away from home, the thermostat pays for itself.
One company is testing a pilot program with programmable thermostats in a few states including Florida where the thermostat itself tells you how much money you are spending as you use the heater or air conditioner. This takes the guesswork out of energy savings. No longer do you have to do your best and cross your fingers waiting for the power bill to come. Watch your savings as it happens.
Helping Your HVAC
Having control from anywhere at anytime and being able to program your thermostat means your system no longer has to run when it is not needed. This will prolong the life of your HVAC unit as you save wear and tear from unnecessary usage.
So remember, technology may mean change, and although we like our routine, sometimes change is the best thing for our pocket books.