Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cut Heating Costs by Upgrading your Thermostat

According to ENERGY STAR, the heating and cooling of your home is responsible for up to 50% of your energy bill. With this in mind, making sure that your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible is one of the best steps you can take toward meeting your budgetary goals. During the winter months, having your furnace inspected and your ducts cleaned before it starts getting too cold can save you a ton, but if you are using an old thermostat to control the system, you are leaving a lot of money on the table.

Programmable Thermostats

The majority of thermostats on the market today are electronic and programmable. If your family has a set schedule – everyone leaves by 9 AM and is home around 5 PM, for example – programming your thermostat to set the temperature back by 8-10 degrees during those hours can save you 5-15% on your bill. While you can try to remember to do this on an older, non-programmable thermostat, making the switch will guarantee that you maximize those savings.

Smart Thermostats

A smart thermostat takes programming to a whole new level. These systems can remember your habits and make changes automatically. If you usually turn up the heat just before bed, the thermostat learns your preference and changes the temperature for you. Some smart thermostats give you the ability to set the temperature from your phone and track your energy usage via their app. With extra sensors that connect wirelessly to the system, you can even prioritize a specific room in your home, ensuring that it is always the perfect temperature.

If you have been searching for a way to get your energy bill under control, a new thermostat may be worth a shot! We hope that you’ve found the information within this blog post to be helpful. If you have any questions on all that is HVAC, please feel free to contact our team here at Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. – we’re always happy to help!