According to the Department of Energy, even the smallest adjustments to your thermostat settings can translate to savings on your utility bills. Turning your thermostat down in the winter (or up in the summer) by about seven degrees for eight hours a day nets approximately 10% in annual energy savings. While this reduction is more pronounced for homes in milder climates, those in areas that experience temperature extremes can see benefits, as well.
In this post, our residential and commercial HVAC experts at Sierra Air discuss the ways in which a programmable thermostat can help you cut down your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills.
The idea that small adjustments to the thermostat help you save on your energy bills is all well and good, but this only works if you’re consistent in doing it. The best time to do so is when you’re leaving the house for work or about to go to bed, but unfortunately most homeowners admit to simply forgetting to make the necessary adjustments. This is where the value of a programmable thermostat is clearly evident.
Programmable thermostats enable you to set the thermostat to automatically change the temperature based on your daily schedule. Program the adjustments to begin just as you leave for work and end about half an hour before you arrive back home. You can also set the thermostat to lower the temperature when everybody is snug in their beds sleeping and it doesn’t need to be as warm.
Most modern residential and commercial HVAC systems now use smart thermostats to control their heating and cooling units. These thermostats are typically connected to your WiFi network, allowing you to remotely turn the settings up or down as long as you’re connected to the internet.
Additionally, smart thermostats are programmed to intuitively detect your daily patterns and adjust themselves accordingly. This means you no longer even have to program them, as they are able to automatically detect when you’re not at home or when you’re asleep and make the necessary adjustments. This greatly maximizes the amount of savings you can get from your thermostat.
Save on Your Utility Bills With Sierra Air
This winter, turn to the HVAC installation and repair professionals at Sierra Air for top-of-the-line WiFi thermostats. Give us a call at (775) 800-5500 or fill out our contact form to schedule a visit today.