Here’s a question Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning hears all the time: Does turning the thermostat up and down really save money? Or should it be set at a constant temperature?
The short answer to your question is adjusting your thermostat will save you money. Some estimates are as much as 10%. As with just about everything else, the key is moderation. If you let your house get too cold during the winter or too hot during the summer, then it’s a losing proposition. Your system has to work much harder to get the temperature back to normal. Since every one’s comfort level is different, a good rule of thumb is a 7 to 10 degree change between when you are home and when you are away.
If you still have a manual thermostat, you must be religious about changing the settings to have any real energy saving impact. Human nature being what it is, it’s not easy to remember to change the setting every time you leave home or go to bed. The better choice is upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Builder’s carries several brands from the industry leaders in systems control and can handle your thermostat installation. We are currently offering 50% off of ICM thermostats with the purchase of a “Dollar-a-Day maintenance program” contract, or a free ICM Wi-Fi thermostat with the installation of a new furnace through the end of February.
With a programmable thermostat, you can set a heating (or cooling schedule) based on the hours you are in your home. If the house is empty for several hours during the day because of work and school, then there’s no reason to leave the heat set at 68℉ or 70℉. Because the thermostat is connected to your Wi-Fi network, you can control the settings with your smartphone or any other mobile device.
Thermostats are getting “smarter” almost by the day. Many now come with geofencing capabilities. [link to video if we have it] What’s that you ask? Well consider this scenario. You are at work and the heat in the house is set to 62℉ to save energy. Then a snow storm hits and the boss sends you home early. When you get within say five miles of the house, the app on your phone alerts your thermostat you are in the area and the heat is automatically turned on in advance of your arrival. That’s geofencing.
So to sum it up, yes, adjusting the temperature in your home with moderation can certainly save you money. But it’s nearly impossible to do efficiently with a manual thermostat. If you haven’t upgraded to a programmable thermostat, now is the time to call Builder’s Heating & Air Conditioning for a home thermostat replacement, and to learn more about this rapidly changing technology.