Are you looking for a way to make your South Florida home more energy efficient and saving some money while you’re at it? If you are, consider programmable thermostats, which are one of the simplest and most effective of ways to take control of your energy costs.
Most programmable thermostats come pre-programmed with four basic settings and maintain those settings within a few degrees. Many have additional bells and whistles for you to consider such as:
- A backlit digital display
- On-screen programming and a touchpad
- Voice programming
- Programming via phone or Internet
- Vacation hold feature
- Maintenance indicator
- Air conditioning system malfunction warnings
- Smart recovery features – a control feature that determines the amount of time it will take to reach the next set point and automatically adjusts itself to reach the desired temperature by the set time.
Deciding which programmable thermostat is best for you will depend on several factors, like the type of schedule you keep and sleeping habits.
Getting new programmable thermostats set to the correct time and temperature levels will take a bit of trial and error, but you can be assured you’ll eventually get it just right and be able to notice the savings. Here are some tips:
- Consider your work schedule. Set the thermostat 5 to 10 degrees higher or lower, depending upon the weather outside while you’re gone, then program the thermostat to switch to a more comfortable setting right before you come home.
- Set the thermostat higher while you sleep.
- Set the thermostat to change based on the season/time of the year. During the cooler winter months, as your body adapts to the colder temperatures outside, you may be able to raise the temperature without sacrificing any comfort.
If you have any questions about programmable thermostats or your home comfort system, contact the pros at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. We’ve been proudly serving eastern Palm Beach, Northern Broward and southern Martin counties since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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