The thermostat in your Florida home is the brain behind your heating and cooling equipment. It signals the HVAC system to turn on and off at the right times. If you still have a manual thermostat, you may be considering upgrading to a programmable version. This is a wise move that could prove very beneficial in a number of ways.
Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat
- Energy savings: If you spend all day at work, you don’t want to pay to keep your empty home nice and cool. A programmable thermostat lets you enjoy substantial energy savings by automatically raising the temperature to the setting you program. These savings help recover the cost of investing in a programmable thermostat.
- Convenience: It’s possible to take advantage of energy-saving setbacks with manual thermostats, but you must remember to set the temperature back every morning before you leave home. If you ever rush out the door, you could easily forget and end up wasting energy cooling a vacant home.
- No need to sacrifice comfort: The best part about programmable thermostats is that you can program them to resume a comfortable temperature before arriving at home. For example, if you know you get home from work at 5:30 p.m. every weekday, program the thermostat to start bringing the temperature back down at 5:00 p.m. By the time you walk through the door, the temperature is as comfortable as when you left, yet you still saved money all day.
The concept of programmable thermostats may excite you, but before you purchase the first version you run across, you must know about the three basic programmable thermostat models available:
- 7-day model: This is the most flexible option. A 7-day model allows you to set different programs for every day of the week, making it ideal if you have a varying schedule from day to day.
- 5-1-1 model: With this option, you can program the same schedule for every weekday plus different settings for Saturday and Sunday.
- 5-2 model: Finally, if you have a very predictable schedule, the 5-2 model may work well. This allows for one schedule on weekdays and another on the weekend.
Tips for Using a Programmable Thermostat
Simply because you install a programmable thermostat doesn’t mean you automatically begin seeing substantial energy savings. You need to understand several best practices for getting the most from your investment:
- Program setback periods to last eight hours or more. The longer your setback periods are, the more energy you save.
- Override programmed settings sparingly. If you’re uncomfortable, turn on a fan or take off a layer of clothing. Remember, every time you override the setting, you increase what you pay to air condition your home.
- Use the “vacation hold” setting when you go out of town. This overrides all regularly programmed settings so you don’t end up cooling your home the days you’re on vacation.
- Avoid cranking the temperature way down when you feel uncomfortable. Unless your system has a variable-speed blower motor, your air conditioner has two settings: on and off. Turning it on is like flipping a light switch, not pressing on a gas pedal. If you must change the temperature, do so by one or two degrees at a time.
Choose Arctic Air Services for Programmable Thermostat Installation
If you’re ready to start saving energy and enjoying greater comfort and convenience, choose Arctic Air Services to install your new programmable thermostat. Our knowledgeable technicians ensure the job is done right the first time around so you’re not left troubleshooting the new installation.
Contact us online or by phone at (941) 747-8800 to get started.