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Debary Homeowners Save Big With Programmable Thermostats

Posted on: August 8, 2014

As a community, it’s safe to say that Debary homeowners have come to expect high energy bills over the hot summer months. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can gain significant energy savings with a programmable thermostat. If you’re holding onto an antiquated relic in your manual thermostat, it’s time to ditch it in favor of today’s innovative programmable thermostats. If you already have a programmable unit installed in your home, but you’re not sure how to best use it to drive savings, we’re here to show you how.

Debary Homeowners Save Big With Programmable Thermostats

Why holding onto the past also means letting go over your hard-earned cash

Whether you fall into the category of hanging on too long to a manual thermostat or you haven’t been diligent about programming your thermostat, don’t worry. It’s easy to start using the thermostat to save, and buying one doesn’t require a huge investment.

But holding onto the past will cost you. You see, every time you let your air conditioner run longer than it should, you’re spending valuable dollars that you could be putting toward other uses. Manual thermostats require that you adjust the temperature setting whenever the home’s temperature changes. So even if your home has reached a pleasant 70 degrees, the manual thermostat can’t signal the air conditioner to stop running.

Debary Homeowners Save Big With Programmable Thermostats

If you have a programmable thermostat but aren’t using it, you’re losing out on potential savings, too. You see, if you program the thermostat to cycle on at 6 a.m. so that the home is comfortable by the time your family wakes up, but you don’t use the programming features to drop the home’s temperature back down a degree or two when everyone leaves for work or school, you’re losing valuable energy dollars by running the A/C when you don’t need it.

Selecting a device

If you’re ready to toss your old manual thermostat in the trash, or your programmable device needs an upgrade, here’s what you should look for:

  • Digital display.
  • Easy touchscreen programming.
  • Multiple options for programming the device via voice, phone, app or web.
  • Hold feature, which lets you bypass the next scheduled temperature change.
  • Vacation feature, which allows you to set a unique one-time schedule for a set period of time.
  • Air filter change light, which lets you know when the filter is full and you should install a new one.
  • Malfunction alert, which lets you know when something with the HVAC unit has gone awry.
  • Smart features. Higher-end models employ these kinds of features, which utilize sensors that read the temperature around the home, learn your patterns of usage, and intuitively adapt temperature settings so that the HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible.

Using a device

Now that you’ve installed a programmable thermostat, learn the best ways to program and use the device to maximize savings:

  • The eight-hour rule. Program the thermostat to a lower setting at least once a day, and ideally twice a day. For example, reducing the home’s temperature at night for at least eight hours drives energy consumption down. If the home is unoccupied during the day, too, you can program a second temperature set-forward.
  • Judicious override use. The “override” button is convenient, but avoid using it as much as possible. Every time you override a temperature setting, you lose the potential for savings.
  • Maximize energy savings. The Department of Energy reports that homeowners can save as much as 10 percent a year on energy costs (during summer and winter) by setting the temperature back or forward (depending on the season) between 7 and 10 degrees (for eight hours, of course). Keep this rule of thumb in mind: The longer you can adjust the thermostat temperature and the longer you keep it there, the more you’ll save.

Become the envy of your Debary block and brag about the savings you’re getting on your air conditioning bills. For more information about selecting, installing or using a programmable thermostat, contact the experts at Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the DeLand community and surrounding areas with superior customer service and air conditioning solutions since 1921. Just give us a call today!