Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat
How much of your time do you invest in setting your thermostat?
Better still, how many times do you forget to reset your thermostat and worry endlessly about your energy bills? Homeowners in Arizona are so obsessed with thermostat settings that it has become a running joke in the state.
At the height of the summer, air conditioning costs are at the forefront of every Arizonian homeowner’s mind. Keeping cool under the heat of the blistering sun is one thing, but putting yourself through unnecessary stress and risking financial hardship are quite another. With a programmable thermostat you will have more control over the ambient temperature in your home and, by extension, make savings on your bills. Even the most basic programmable thermostat will make a difference, giving you the ability to control your energy use throughout the day with little effort.
Is It Hot in Here?
If you have to ask the question before adjusting your thermostat, you are usually too late to feel the immediate benefits of your air conditioning. A programmable thermostat allows you to create cooling time zones that are based on the warmest periods of the day when the sun is at its strongest. Cooling your home is much more efficient when you do not allow your rooms to heat up in the first place.
If you want to go one step further, you can splurge on a temperature-sensitive thermostat. These smart devices will detect when the temperature in your home reaches a certain level and will automatically switch on the air conditioning to keep the temperature at a desirable level. You can still program most smart thermostats to suit your own comfort needs.
There is nothing worse than being the first person home and walking into a furnace. If your usual method of ensuring that your home is cool when you arrive back in the evening is leaving the air conditioning on all day, a programmable thermostat will certainly save you from paying extra for the luxury of not opening the door to a sweat box.
With a programmable thermostat you can set your air conditioning to come on in time to cool things down for you arriving home. A thermostat that allows for multiple settings based on days or months will give you even more control. Manufacturers understand that every family is different so make sure to use a thermostat that works for you.
Air Conditioning Maintenance
Air conditioning units require a lot more maintenance than most homeowners understand. If you run your air conditioning unit constantly, it will wear out before its time. However, constant adjustments can have an equally detrimental effect. As with everything, keeping your air conditioning unit in good shape is all about balance.
Using a programmable thermostat can help increase the life of your air conditioning unit. It is easier to regulate the system and allow it to do the job it was intended for. You can even program your thermostat to run your air conditioning while you are away for long periods of time so that all the moving parts are kept in good working order.
If your air conditioning system allows for it, programmable thermostats are a great way to create mini climate zones in your home. Each room has its own footfall, which determines how much time your family spends in any given area of the home. Rooms that experience the least traffic can represent an unnecessary cost for homeowners.
It makes more sense for you to have the ability to control the levels of air conditioning in each zone according to where cool air is needed the most. For instance, you can have separate settings for living areas and bedrooms depending on the time of day. While you are relaxing in front of the TV, you can stay cool without the air conditioning running throughout the entire house. Your programmable thermostat will make sure that your bedroom is cool in plenty of time for your going to bed.
Advanced technology is already out there and it is getting better with each passing year. From the most basic programmable thermostat to the most advanced, there is something to suit the needs of every homeowner. You no longer have to sacrifice your comfort due to concerns about energy savings.
You can link your thermostat to online accounts, apps and even other appliances in your home. Energy-efficient homes are also more likely to see more potential buyers because the modern home buyer is looking for automation where it matters and, in Arizona, that means ease of control when it comes to air conditioning. Indoor Air quality is also important to many homeowners, especially with the constant use of air conditioning in the summer.
If you would like to learn more about programmable thermostats or need heating and air conditioning services, reach out to Mason Mechanical and speak to an expert. We are here to help you meet your home comfort goals.