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4 Reasons to Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

I just got my Meralco bill this month and found its half of my last month bill.  I dunno if it was the energy saving things I did around the house or something else but I did use a lot of my air-condition lately.

Your HVAC system is a vital part of your daily life. It helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. While you might be comfortable with your regular thermostat, it might not operate in the most effective or efficient way. In this case you might benefit from investing in a programmable thermostat. 

A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust the temperature of your home automatically based your preprogrammed setting for different times of the day. A variety of program settings allow you to set up your home for comfort and energy savings all year. Here are four reasons to invest in a programmable thermostat.

Saves You Money

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About half of most homes’ total energy use comes from HVAC. Thus, at the top of most lists of programmable thermostat benefits, you’ll find money savings. By setting your thermostat to heat or cool your home on a preset schedule, you can maintain a comfortable and energy-efficient living space. 

In the heat of summer, set your thermostat a few degrees higher when you are away from home. Setting your thermostat slightly higher rather than turning it off completely in an effort to save energy will prevent your air conditioner from overworking to cool your home when you return. Many homeowners forget to adjust their traditional thermostat before rushing out the door. With a programmable thermostat, you won’t have to worry because you will have set it to adjust automatically according to your schedule.

Provides Consistent Comfort

A programmable thermostat offers a more accurate level of comfort throughout the seasons. Set your programmable thermostat according to your needs and circumstances. Do you prefer sleeping in a cool environment? Set your thermostat a couple of degrees cooler when you and your family go to sleep. If your house is divided into zones, you can program each thermostat to maintain the desired temperature in each zone. 

Gives You Complete Control

Some programmable thermostats are simple while others are more complex, but all types give you complete control over your energy use and home comfort level. Some programmable thermostats even allow you to remote into your home’s thermostat using the internet or your smartphone. Additionally, you can override your programmable thermostat manually, if needed, without affecting its programming. 

Optimizes Your HVAC System

If you have an older or less efficient HVAC system and are considering investing in a newer model, first try pairing the system with a programmable thermostat. By reducing your HVAC’s workload, you’ll help the unit work at its best and, ideally, extend its life span. Then, when you do replace your HVAC system, keep it in top condition with a programmable thermostat. 

You don’t need to shell out a ton of money to have programmable thermostats installed it your home. But that upgrade might prove to be one of the most cost-effective investments you make for your home. With a programmable thermostat, you can expect a lower utility bill and a more comfortable place to live.

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