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The Energy Efficiency of Programmable (Smart) Thermostats

The Energy Efficiency of Programmable (Smart) Thermostats

Programmable thermostats offer an array of modern conveniences to Monroe homeowners. But more importantly, they provide enough energy-efficiency to help reduce your utility bill. Previously, Iceberg Heating & Cooling has discussed the general benefits of programmable thermostats, with one of the major reasons being energy efficiency. We would like to further expand how programmable thermostats improve energy efficiency below.

Before you can fully appreciate the energy efficiency of programmable thermostats, it is important to learn about the energy efficiency of a traditional thermostat.

Can Traditional Thermostats be Energy Efficient?

Believe it or not, traditional thermostats can be energy efficient! The only problem is, the homeowner must do most of the work. An HVAC system accounts for almost half of a home’s energy consumption and maintaining an adequate heating schedule with a traditional thermostat is not an easy task. Not to say you wouldn’t be able to remember turning off the heating every night, before work, and when leaving the house, but you can easily forget these steps when going through your daily routine.

Older designs are also not as precise with temperature readings, allowing for small inefficiencies that can add up in the long run. While traditional thermostats do have the ability to be energy efficient, human error and dated design can combine to compromise usage. That’s where programmable thermostats come to save the day!

How Do Programmable Thermostats Increase Energy Efficiency?

Programmable thermostats are a considerable upgrade from a traditional thermostat in energy efficiency, and depending on the design you purchase, may increase it even further.

As we have described before, programmable thermostats are designed to schedule HVAC usage for each day of the week. By utilizing a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to design a custom schedule to ensure no energy is wasted while you’re not home, as well as the ability to adjust it as much as you like with relative ease.

Another major attribute of programmable thermostats is their ability to allow an HVAC system enough time to properly adjust to a preferred temperature. This avoids excess energy consumption from an HVAC system quickly changing temperature, as the programmable thermostat provides sufficient time to prepare.

Different variations possess additional energy-efficient traits that improve energy consumption even further. Some programmable thermostats come with automatic scheduling, meaning it learns the times at which you prefer a certain temperature and adjust accordingly. Other programmable thermostats allow control from your smartphone, meaning you can control your HVAC system while at work. There are even variations where you will be notified when your HVAC filter is ready to be replaced!

In Conclusion

Programmable thermostats specialize in energy efficiency and are a valuable resource to any Monroe homeowner looking to cut back on energy consumption while maintaining their preferred level of comfort. Although it is possible to be energy efficient using a traditional thermostat, the process can be time-consuming and, depending on the model, might be completely accurate.  The energy efficiency of programmable thermostats is bar none!

Feeling ready to reap the benefits of a programmable thermostat in your home? Contact Iceberg Heating & Cooling today! Our thermostat services are handled by the best electrical technicians in Monroe. Give us a call at (734) 375-1119 to schedule an appointment and boost the energy efficiency for your home.

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