Your HVAC system thermostat is the only part that you actually interact with, yet you probably don’t think very much about how important it is, right? It’s essentially the brain of your heating and cooling systems. And if these systems seem to be working “just fine” then you may not ever consider replacing or upgrading that thermostat. But you may not realize that keeping the same thermostat around for years can be doing yourself a disservice.
It’s possible to get a thermostat that’s much easier to navigate, or has more options than you’re currently working with. But why trade up? Keep reading to learn more!
A manual thermostat is any thermostat you set manually, using a sliding switch or a dial. Many older homes still have this thermostat installed, particularly if the HVAC systems haven’t been upgraded in awhile. Oftentimes though, with a manual thermostat it’s hard to see where things line up. You may think your setting your heater to come on at 68°F when you’re actually setting it to come on at 65°F, which isn’t very efficient!
Still, while you may only be a couple degrees off, it really can make a difference. You might continuously run back to the thermostat to make further adjustments as you realize the house isn’t warm enough or is too warm, but this takes a toll on your heater. It causes the components to wear down faster, and your heater will use up way more energy than it otherwise would have if you just set an accurate temperature to being with.
A programmable, digital thermostat doesn’t give you this problem—there are never any questions about whether the temperature you see on the thermostat is right. This means fewer struggles with your thermostat and less strain on the HVAC system. Additionally, a programmable thermostat allows you to save money!
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on your energy costs per year simply by adjusting your thermostat settings. By setting it a little bit higher than you usually do during the winter or a little lower during the summer, you can help take the strain off of your HVAC systems and reduce energy use.
And a programmable thermostat helps ensure that you always make this adjustment automatically, by presetting your thermostat to adjust to where you need and want it while you’re away from home or sleeping. Of course, you can adjust a manual thermostat, but you have to be home to do it and many homeowners forget to do so anyway. A programmable thermostat gives you peace of mind and energy savings! Whether it’s your heating system or your cooling system, it simply won’t have to work as hard to do its job when it has the right thermostat supporting it.
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