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Programmable Thermostats Help Save Energy

Programmable thermostats can save on your heating and air conditioning costs by automatically adjusting the temperature setting for your home.

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.

How Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Money

You can save money on your heating and cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. You can do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing an automatic setback or programmable thermostat.

Using a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule. Programmable thermostats can store and repeat multiple daily settings (six or more temperature settings a day) 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 up your programmable thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and set the programming 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 bill — a savings of as much as 1% for each degree if the setback period is eight hours long. The percentage of savings from setback is greater for buildings in milder climates like we have here in the Myrtle Beach area than for those in more severe climates.

In the summer, you can follow the same strategy with central air conditioning by keeping your house 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.

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There are telephone thermostats available now connecting your heating and cooling system to your phone line. You simply have to call your property and enter a password on a touch-tone phone to access the controls. Then, you can adjust not only the temperature setting but the entire system mode as well.

Programmable Thermostats like this one by Ecobee should be installed by a professional HVAC Contractor like Brown and Reaves ServicesWith the advent of the smart phone and their handy applications, or apps, you can bypass the land line altogether to control your home’s temperature. Wi-fi based smart thermostats are available now and allow users to control their home’s thermostat with the help of a touch-screen smart phone. There are quite a few apps already available, and like most smart phone apps, they aren’t very expensive, with a range of free to a few dollars.

Although programmable thermostats like the one you see pictured here (by ecobee) controlled by smart phone apps are available and can be installed yourself, many people are finding it’s not as easy to install as the manufacturer would have you believe. If you find this to be the case, or if you just want to have your programmable thermostat installed by a professional, call Brown and Reaves Services,  (843) 497-9867,  and let us help you install your new programmable thermostat for you.  We are contractors for the ecobee Smart Thermostats in Myrtle Beach and Conway. And remember to grab our 20% off coupon on your next service call by Liking us on Facebook.

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