Old technology systems are controlled by a manual thermostat, which is usually set at 77°F in the summer and 68°F during the winter, to ensure your comfort while moving around in your home. These comfortable temperatures are also maintained even while you are out of the home, or under the covers while asleep in bed, which is unnecessary and a waste of energy.
New technology systems allow you to save energy by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. A programmable thermostat allows you to do this automatically, without sacrificing comfort or being inconvenienced by having to remember to do this.
By using a programmable thermostat, you can pre schedule and adjust the times that your air conditioner or heater automatically turns on or off or changes its setback setting. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings that you can manually override without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program.
You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home. By turning your thermostat back 10° to 15° for 8 hours, you can save 5% to 15% a year on your heating costs, which equates to a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long.
In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with air conditioning by keeping your home warmer than normal when you are away, and lowering the thermostat setting to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling.
Although thermostats can be adjusted manually, programmable thermostats will avoid any discomfort by returning temperatures to normal before you wake or return home.
Will a Programmable Thermostat help you to save energy costs?
Whether it will or not depends on the age of your home and its envelope components, the way it was constructed and has been maintained, the amount of insulation and air leakage there is in its outer envelope, as well as the number and size of windows, and many other factors.
This is where we can help. In conjunction with the guidelines of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), we follow the LEED for HOMES Whole House Approach, which not only considers one stand-alone Green Energy Efficient Home Improvement, but also its relationship to all the other elements that impact the energy aspects of your home.
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