An electric timer is simply an electronic control that regulates an electric circuit. You can use electric switches for anything that is connected to an outlet or switch, including lights, TVs, spas, and holiday displays.
While we are now in the “smart home” era with all sorts of lighting apps and home automation products and services, there is still a great case to be made for traditional electric timers. One benefit of more traditional timers is that there is no chance of being hacked. There are also models that have internal battery backups just in case the power goes out. They also tend to be a lot cheaper.
If you don’t want to replace the switch or outlet, you can choose a plug-in model that fits any wall outlet and controls the fixtures that are plugged into it. Additionally, there are also screw-in timers that connect directly to the lamp’s light socket.
Benefits of Electric Timers
1. Alerts You to the Time
Electronic timers aren’t just about home security and energy efficiency, they are also a great way to know how much time has elapsed.
For instance, with timers on your sauna, hot tub, and pool, you will know exactly how long you have been in there. They could also potentially save your life if you end up falling asleep.
Due to their strength, convenience, and simplicity, many owners choose spring-loaded mechanical timers for their saunas, hot tubs, pools, and heat lamps.
Control How Much Time Children Spend Watching Television and Playing Video Games
While electronic timers won’t be able to set time limits for your iPhone or iPad (there are apps for that), you can easily set timers to control how much television or video game access your child has. Just set the timer and the device will turn off at the allotted time. No more arguments about TV or video game access.
Automatically Schedule Christmas Lights and Holiday Displays
If you put your Christmas lights and holiday displays up faithfully every year, you’ll definitely want to invest in some light timers. You don’t want all that hard work to go to waste just because someone forgot to flip the switch.
Additionally, who wants to light up the neighborhood at 3:00 am? In addition to wasting unnecessary amounts of electricity, you may also be bothering your neighbors with the bright lights. Turning your lights and displays on and off may seem like a simple job, but it’s easy to forget.
The simple solution is to install a simple electric timer. This way, you can simply set it and forget it.
Save Energy and Money
When you are on vacation, you don’t want to leave the lights on all day and night. Instead, set a light timer and they will only turn on at night when you want to deter intruders. It’s also important to have the porch light and other outdoor lights turned on when it gets dark. This can help prevent a nasty fall and increase the chances of emergency personnel being able to find your house at night.
Additionally, you can set light timers to automatically turn off TVs, lights, computer chargers, and other devices so they’re not running 24/7.
You can sleep peacefully knowing that you aren’t using any unnecessary energy. Take a look at your electrical bills after installing timer switches and you’ll instantly notice the savings.
Turn On and Off Electronic Devices at Specific Time
With electric timers, you don’t have to worry about the whole house going dark at 7:00 pm. In the winter, the days are even shorter. Instead of having to interrupt what you are doing and fumble around to turn on the lights, they will turn on automatically. You can change the setting depending on the time of year so the lights automatically turn on when it starts to get dark outside.
Safety and Security
Many homeowners leave a couple of lights on when they go on vacation to dissuade would-be thieves. Unfortunately, this wastes a lot of energy and it doesn’t fool anybody. In fact, it can help indicate that the house is empty. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the lights have simply been left on.
Light timers inside your home can be one of the most effective ways to prevent a break-in.
By installing light times inside as well as outside, you can signal that the building is occupied even when it isn’t. Many light timers come with a random vacation setting to deter intruders.
Light timers also help keep your porch, doorways and pathways lit up at night to prevent trips, falls, and other injuries.
Turn the lights off, but remember to set your light timers.
Traveling is stressful enough. Reduce the amount of time you spend worrying about your home and belongings by installing light timers for your indoor and outdoor lights.
Make sure you set the light timer to its vacation setting before leaving home for any extended period of time.
If you have a friend or neighbor to check in, let them know about your light timers. They may also be kind enough to water plants, feed fish, or anything else.
Turning lights and devices on and off may seem simple enough, but since we can’t control when we fall asleep or forget, it’s best to leave the job to the machines.
Electric timers will greatly improve your life. We promise!
For more information and help installing electric timers for you home, contact the experts at OnTime Service. We can help you choose and install the right electric timers for your home.