According to Energy Star, heating and cooling a home can account for over 50 percent of the home’s total energy use. That’s why many homeowners are trying to save more energy on heating and cooling as it can noticeably decrease their electricity bills. If you are one of those homeowners, that’s great! Being more energy-efficient not only helps save money but it is also good for the environment.

One way you can save energy or efficiently control the temperature in your home is by using a programmable thermostat. Most homeowners are opting to use programmable thermostats because they allow you set temperature schedules for the day. This way, you don’t have to make any adjustments manually. To give you a better idea about what it is, and why it’s so great to have, OnTime Service is here with some great reasons to use a programmable thermostat!

1. Save Money and Energy

You can save money and energy effectively with a programmable thermostat. According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10 percent on heating and cooling by turning your thermostat up 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day. While you can do this with a manual thermostat, a programmable thermostat allows you to do this with less hassle.

For example, with a manual thermostat, you’d have to leave your AC at a higher temperature before you leave your home for the day. Then, when you return you would have to adjust the temperature to a lower setting and wait in the heat. With a programmable thermostat, all you need to do is set a temperature schedule for the day. This way your AC can gradually start decreasing the cooling before you leave and start increasing the cooling before you get home.

2. Functions with Little Adjustment

A programmable thermostat allows for efficiency because it can function with very little adjustment. With a manual thermostat, it might take you a few tries to find the right temperature suitable for you and your family. You might want one temperature setting at one point in the day and a different one at another point. With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to worry about constantly adjusting the temperature every few hours or so. Like we mentioned before, simply create a temperature schedule and let your AC kick in or taper off whenever it needs to.

3. High Tech Options

While scheduling your temperature is a pretty cool feature, programmable thermostats with high tech components are becoming increasingly common. These thermostats are known as “smart thermostats” or “smart programmable thermostats.” Wi-Fi- enabled smart thermostats are on the rise because of their added convenience. The Wi-Fi feature allows you to remotely adjust your temperature from your computer or mobile device. This way, your AC can start cooling before you even enter your home.

In addition, these thermostats have a vacation mode. This feature allows you to keep your home temperature at a constant, energy-saving level when you’re on vacation. Other features include energy consumption reports, maintenance reminders, and proximity sensors.

Call OnTime Service for All Your HVAC Needs!

If you have more questions about purchasing or installing a programmable thermostat, you can get in touch with the pros at OnTime Service! Our technicians bring a variety of skills and are well-informed about the latest technology to enhance you and your family’s comfort. Call us today at 251-272-3595 or schedule a service on our website!