Thermostats are the brains of your heating and cooling units. The thermostat is what tells the unit when to turn on or off in order to maintain a desired temperature within the home. 30 years ago Thermostats were basic and performed one function, they turned the unit on or off. Thermostats today have advanced significantly.
According to the United States Department of Energy, Setting the temperature to 68 F in the winter and 78 F in the summer when you are awake or at home is the optimal temperature for comfort and savings. Then adjusting the temperature by 10 F to 15 F (up in the summer and down in the winter) can save a home 5% to 15% per year. Adjustment of 1 F can save approximately 1% on Energy cost.
Popular Myth: If I alter the temperature while I am asleep or away the savings is eaten up by the unit running harder to re-claim the desired temperature when it is turned back on. This is a myth, the fact is that as the home temperature goes up or down, it loses the heat or cool loss at a slower rate. For more information please refer to the United States Department of Energy website.
Before the advent of programmable thermostats adjustments required a person to do this manually. However now this can be set up to do this automatically. Programmable thermostats can be preset with complex schedules that adjust the temperature of your home while your family is away. This results in the system running less when you are away. The system can then be set to adjust your home to the desired temperature 30 minutes before you arrive. Meaning, you never sacrifice comfort for energy savings. Many thermostats today are capable of being accessed from the internet. This means that if you or your family come home outside of the predefined schedule set up on your thermostat, you can adjust it so that you will never come home to a uncomfortable temperature. This can even be done using a mobile phone. The professionals at Bert Black Service Companies can walk you through the process of getting these set up for you.
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