The Department of Energy and our experts at ACS Air Conditioning Systems estimate that you can cut 10% off your energy bills annually simply by switching to and using a programmable thermostat. These devices allow you to set your heating and cooling systems to follow a set schedule, running your system at a lower (or higher, depending on the season) temperature when there’s no one at home. Simply turning back the temperature by about seven to 10 degrees for eight hours every day will net you a good deal of energy savings.
Unfortunately, many people aren’t familiar with how to change the settings on their thermostats. In fact, according to the Department of Energy, 90% of American households don’t even bother adjusting their programmable thermostats at all. Let our HVAC specialists at ACS walk you through this simple process so you can start enjoying energy savings today.
Before making any purchases, first consult with our ACS heating and cooling experts to determine if your HVAC system is compatible with a programmable thermostat. While most of these products are meant to work with a wide range of different brands and manufacturers, it’s best to know any possible restrictions right off the bat.
Don’t Keep the Defaults
Programmable thermostats will usually come with default settings designed to match the habits of the “average” American family. However, these settings are unlikely to match up exactly with your household’s actual schedule, so don’t be afraid to adjust the times and temperature levels according to your own needs.
Take programmable thermostats one step further with WiFi-enabled smart thermostats. Ask your local HVAC contractors whether or not these devices can work with your current HVAC system. Smart thermostats connect remotely to the internet, allowing you to control your heating and cooling units via an app on your smartphone. They also come with the usual features that most programmable thermostats have.
Get help finding the right thermostat for your home from our professionals at ACS. Give us a call at (925) 676-2103 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment and request a free estimate on new HVAC installations today.