As a responsible homeowner and citizen, cutting down on your energy bill is important not just for your pocketbook, but also for the environment—the more you reduce, the more you and the planet benefit. However, reducing your energy usage can be difficult when you rely on your furnace and air conditioner to keep you comfortable throughout the year. Fortunately, saving money may be as easy as buying a new thermostat. Here’s what you should know—
First, it’s important to understand that when it comes to your utility bill, chances are your heating and cooling make up a big chunk of your costs. In fact, Energy Star estimates that nearly 50 percent of a home’s energy is used for heating and cooling. This means that the more energy-efficient your systems, the more you’ll save.
Older thermostats that aren’t programmable often lead to energy loss and inefficiency. This is because these thermostats heat or cool the home for long periods of time and homeowners often forget to adjust them at night, when they’re away from the house for work, on the weekends, or when they’re out of town. This means that your heating and cooling systems are working hard to warm or cool your home even when you’re not in it! Changing to a new thermostat can alleviate this problem.
A programmable thermostat is exactly what it sounds like—a thermostat that you can program to kick on your heating/cooling system at the times of day you want it to. For example, if you get home from work at 5:00 p.m., you can program your thermostat to kick on at 4:30, but be shut off the rest of the day otherwise.
A smart thermostat, on the other hand, learns your habits and adapts to your needs. These thermostats are often able to connect to your mobile device, too, which means you have the option of adjusting the temperature remotely as well.
There are many things that you can do to make your home more energy-efficient, and replacing your thermostat is just one of them. To learn more about how you may be able to save on utility bills by replacing your thermostat, as well as other things that you can do to cut costs and improve efficiency, reach out to our heating and cooling experts at Naughton Mechanical LLC directly today.