Save Money with a Programmable Thermostat

Save Money with a Programmable Thermostat 

You’re a real stickler for no one touching the thermostat. It stays relatively untouched and you like it that way because the more your system has to turn on, the more it’s costing you. You’re saving the family money, right? Or are you really? Imagine this for a second- it’s a typical weekday, and everyone has left for work or school. No one is at home, yet your HVAC system continues to heat or cool your home as though it was occupied, unnecessarily costing you money. So should you completely turn it off during the day? NO! There is actually a simple solution that can start saving you money without affecting your family’s comfort- a programmable thermostat. It’s an inexpensive upgrade, plus newer models have WiFi capability and impressive programming options. Contact Autumn Air about installing your programmable thermostat, since we’re your go-to experts for home AC services in Pelham, AL.

 

How it works 

Programmable thermostats adjust the temperature setting up or down to decrease power consumption (and subsequently energy costs) when your home is empty which could be anywhere from 6-12 hours a day! It’s not going to completely turn off your system for the day and we don’t recommend doing that in an attempt to save money anyway. Your home could get to 82℉ or higher during the summer if you shut it off during the day, then your system would have to run much, much longer to get back to your comfortable temperature once you get home. That will result in higher energy costs and an uncomfortably warm home when you get home from work or school. With a programmable thermostat, the temperature is gradually adjusted once you leave and is then lowered to the original setting shortly before you’re due to arrive home. So you’ll have a comfortably cool space to come home to, and won’t be pointlessly cooling an empty house during the day. 

The part we find super cool is that you can remotely control your thermostat through your phone or even through smart home devices. When you pair this with a ductless mini split, you can remotely control the temperature of a specific room- perfect for making sure the bedroom is nicely and cool when you get home from a hard day at work. Don’t worry, we can explain all of this in greater detail and show you how to operate it when we install your new programmable thermostat.

 

How it saves you money- The breakdown

A programmable, WiFi-enabled thermostat can save you money in a few different ways:

 

  • Energy savings: When used as directed, programmable thermostats can save up to 30 percent on cooling costs monthly. And we know that that adds up quickly. Every little bit of savings counts! 
  • Extended lifespan of your equipment: The “life” of your HVAC system is strongly affected by the number of run-time hours the equipment accumulates. Excessive stress and longer running time can cause a decline in performance which can lead your equipment to fail prematurely. Utilizing a programmable thermostat will optimize your systems running times, which can help extend the life of your equipment. If your unit lasts 10 years instead of 5 years (hypothetical numbers of course), that will save you thousands of dollars. 
  • Fewer HVAC Repairs: Raising the temperature when no one is home helps reduce the demand on your equipment and minimizes the chance of a breakdown, which saves you money on repairs. If you’re already in a situation where you need AC repairs, contact us!

 

The smart move

A programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to save money on your monthly energy bill without compromising indoor comfort and without spending too much money. When you’re ready to talk about programmable thermostat options for your home, contact Autumn Air, your go-to for home AC services in Pelham, AL.

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