Did you know that up to half of the energy consumed by your home goes toward heating and cooling? This info, reported by Energy Star, shows just how important it is to maximize the energy efficiency of your home’s HVAC systems. While we’ve all heard about replacing old furnaces and air conditioning units with the latest in energy-saving models, not everyone has the budget to upgrade to new equipment right away. However, there is a cost-effective, affordable option for getting improved energy efficiency right now, without buying a new heating or cooling unit: installing a programmable thermostat.
How does thermostat replacement help you reduce energy costs? Well, to put it simply, by just helping you use less energy! Especially in households where everyone is gone to work or school during the day, it’s not necessary to keep the A/C or heat running at full bore 24/7. With a programmable thermostat, you can easily set the heat/air (depending on the season) to automatically run less during the day and then kick back on shortly before you return home. You’ll enjoy the same levels of comfort while you’re at home, but with the heat or air conditioning running less when you’re not there, you can save a bundle. In fact, Energy Star estimates you can save some amount of money per year just by putting in a programmable thermostat replacement! That’s what makes programmable thermostat installation such a great investment: low setup costs help make sure you’re seeing a return on investment almost immediately.
Thermostat installs are relatively straightforward projects, so experienced DIYers should feel free to take on this project on their own. However, if you’re not comfortable handling your own thermostat replacement job, ask your local heating and cooling specialist for help. Most HVAC contractors offer a variety of options when it comes to programmable thermostats, so they can help you select the model that’s best for your home as well as replace the thermostat itself.So, whether you’ve already updated your HVAC units themselves to more energy-efficient models and are just looking to max out your savings or you’re interested in getting the most energy efficiency without switching out your furnace or air conditioner yet, a programmable thermostat can help keep your energy bills down.
If you don’t feel like you have very much experience then call a local professional to come in and change it for you. Sometimes this can be the wisest decision for you because they can make sure that it is working correctly and that it stabilizes perfectly. If you work with an outside professional to fix your thermostat, make sure that they can come, examine, and give you the exact price up front. There is nothing worse than getting an ‘estimate’ just to find out the estimate was far off and additionally you have to now pay other hidden fees.
When you double check things yourself, pull off the cover and make sure that all the switches are stabilized. Also, check and make sure that your timers or heat-anticipators are exactly where you want them to be. Because every thermostat and air conditioner and heating system are so different, look up a local trusted company to help you figure out exactly what needs to be fixed and the easiest way to accomplish it.It’s important to have a trustworthy plumber to take care of your plumbing needs and air conditioning, and heating