South Texas in the summer is hot as all get-out and keeping your house cool can be pricy. Utility costs here are some of the highest in the nation—because of our hot, humid climate.
Most of us want to lower our energy bill. Did you know the type of thermostat you use can help? The big question is which thermostat saves money – programmable or non-programmable?
Both can save money if used correctly. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% per year by raising the temperature on your thermostat 7° to 10° 8 hours a day. It’s easy to do when your family is gone at school or work.
If you keep your house at 75°, raise the temperature to 82° or 85° as you head out the door. This lowers the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors, reducing the amount of energy your air conditioner uses.
Let’s say your thermostat is set to 75°. It’s 95° outside, your AC will have to cool your home by 20°. If you raise the thermostat to 85°, your AC will only have to cool your home by 10°, cutting down on the amount of energy needed to cool your home.
In case you have a non-programmable thermostat, you will need to manually raise your thermostat 7° to 10 before you leave the house each day. Then, when you get home, you’d adjust the thermostat back down to where you like it.
Manually setting your thermostat leaves room for 2 problems:
- You may forget to adjust it before you leave the house
- You could come home to a warm, 85°-house at the end of the day
A programmable thermostat solves these problems. It allows you to control you’re the temperature based on a pre-set schedule. You program it to automatically raise and lower the temperature every day.
Our memories may fail from time to time, but a machine doesn’t forget to doits job. A programmable thermostat ensures your thermostat will automatically follow a schedule—day in and day out. This leads to energy savings and one less thing you have to worry about every morning.
Plus, you can set the thermostat to lower the temperature before you get home. By the time you walk in the door, your home is already at a cooler temperature.
Think a programmable thermostat sounds great? There’s an even better option.
The best option is a smart thermostat. It has all the schedule-setting featuresof a programmable model, plus the ability to adjust the temperature remotely via Wi-Fi.
Sometimes we have last-minute changes to our schedules. Maybe your child needs to come home early from school, or you decide to work the rest of the day from home. You can control your thermostat from your smartphone so that you don’t come home to a warm house.
Book an appointment now to improve the efficiency of your thermostat and AC. We have experienced technicians standing by 24/7 (yes, even on holidays!) so that we can help you when a problem arises. Make sure your home is comfortable all year long. Contact BVS Home Experts today to restore your comfort.
Ronald is one of the key contributors to BVS Home Experts, a family-owned and operated full-service air conditioning and heating company serving the Katy and West Houston areas. With a deep understanding of air conditioning and heating concerns, Ronald brings a wealth of knowledge to our readers.