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At the Push of a Button: Thermostats and Controls that Save you Money
When one thinks of increasing HVAC energy efficiency in one’s home or business, it is usually only the unit and ductwork that are considered, but there is another big potential savings area: Thermostats and Controls. A good heating and cooling company can seal your ductwork and optimize your HVAC unit, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t wasting energy through unnecessary heating and cooling. Technology today has made the thermostat easier than ever to control and it is in your best interest to take advantage of it.
A programmable thermostat adjusts temperatures in a couple of different ways: either by sensing the changing temperature in a room and cooling or heating accordingly, or by way of a preset timer that turns on the heat or air conditioner at the specific times that you choose.
An Example of What Proper Temperature Can Do
My personal pet peeve is going to bed only to wake up in the middle of the night sweating because the room is so warm. In fact, experts say that it is far healthier to sleep in cooler temperatures. According the National Institutes of Health, it has recently been discovered that humans have “brown fat,” known as the “good fat,” which actually promotes fat burning (it was previously thought only animals have brown fat); their study showed that participants who slept in a 66 degree room as opposed to a 75 degree room, doubled their stores of brown fat, an incredibly healthy achievement leading to the burning of white, or bad, fats (source: NY Times).
Ways to Optimize Efficiency
There are many possible ways to improve efficiency and comfort using your programmable thermostat. Entek, a local heating and cooling company in Southwest Washington, states, “It can be set to lower the temperature or turn off when you are out of the house, saving you the cost of heating or cooling your home when you’re not there. This not only saves you money, but also gives you the peace of mind that you are using fewer resources and being more eco-friendly. Program the device to drop the temperature in your home by 10 degrees in the winter while you’re away or sleeping and you can reduce your heating costs by 10 to 20 percent. In the warm-weather months, you can use the same setback strategies for cooling. It can also be set to turn on right before you wake or come home after work so that you are met with a warm, cozy home as you’re waking or returning home. Providing heating and cooling, the programmable thermostat is a luxury you’ll enjoy all year.”
In the previous segment, Entek HVAC mentioned that you can set your system to turn on right before you get home in order to walk into a warm, inviting home, but how do you know when you’ll be coming home? Well, because newer thermostats are WiFi enabled, you are in total control no matter where you are. Even though it may be December and your home is cold to save energy and money, a simple command from your phone can turn that heat on just before you arrive home to avoid the shivers when you walk in.
The Learning Curve
A good heating and cooling company’s job does not end with installing the thermostat and tossing you the instructions on their way out the door. Technicians from a company like Entek are available to answer any questions you have about your new thermostat and want you to be comfortable with the new technology. They want you to be happy with your product and service, which means that you are confident that you can operate the system.
A new thermostat is a fantastic investment and as shown, can save you up to 20% in your heating and cooling costs when used to maximize efficiency.
Entek is a trusted installer of Programmable Thermostats in Southwest Washington and Oregon.