If you are one of those who still use the old style manual air conditioning thermostat to control the temperature in your home or business, it may be time to upgrade. Today’s programmable thermostats will not only enhance your heating and cooling performance, you may even save some energy in the process. There are several advantages to a programmable thermostat that make the decision to upgrade simple.
The biggest reason to make the switch to new thermostats is the ability to set the temperature to come on right before you get home from work and tapper down for bed time. This ability to maintain a comfortable temperature while you are not home allows you to quickly reach your desired interior temperature right before you get home without having to run the system for a long time. In addition your air conditioning unit will work less in the process of maintaining the constant temperature you desire.
Another reason is their accuracy when it comes to determining the real temperature of the surroundings. I recently had my air conditioner worked on and found out from the technician that the old style thermostats are as much as 4 degrees off from the actual room temperature. In the winter time, having your thermostat set to just one degree less can save you 3% on your power bill so you can see how the savings could stack up. According to the Department of Energy, having a programmable thermostat can save you up to 25% on your cooling costs and as much as 35% on your heating costs