Written on: December 6, 2021
Before programmable thermostats came along in the 1980s, the only way you could control your home’s heating was with a manual thermostat.
Those had a big downside. You could come home to an uncomfortably hot or cool home, or you could heat or cool your home while you’re gone and send your energy costs skyrocketing.
Today’s programmable thermostats offer many advantages. They’re affordable and you can find them at your local home improvement store or online. Today’s smart thermostats can be programmed with your smartphone and allow you to check and update your thermostat anywhere your phone gets a signal!
Here are four reasons a programmable thermostat is a great investment in your home and your comfort.
The greatest approach to keeping your heating costs low is to use less propane. With a programmable thermostat, you may customize your heating to suit your needs. You’ll save a lot of money by switching to a programmable thermostat, and the cost of deploying one will be quickly offset. A properly used programmable thermostat may help you save up to 10% on your heating expenses, according to the United States Department of Energy! Here’s what they recommend for maximum energy efficiency in home heating:
With an old-school manual thermostat, a five-degree difference might exist between the temperature you set on your thermostat and the actual temperature in your home. That has a significant impact not just in terms of comfort, but also in terms of energy expenses since each degree variation can add up to 2% to your heating or cooling costs. A programmable thermostat only has less than a half-degree variance. The temperature you set is the temperature you get.
Zoning your home’s heating system divides your property into sections that all need the same amount of heat. For example, you can zone the sleeping quarters and the living spaces separately. You can program each zone’s thermostat using this method and save a lot of money.
When you run your heat or boiler constantly, or manually set your thermostat to a large temperature difference as can happen when you return home on a bitterly cold day, you put pressure on your heating system. This can reduce the life of this equipment over time and force you to purchase a new heating system sooner than you should. You may extend the life of your heating system by utilizing your programmable thermostat to switch on your heat only when necessary.
Today’s high-efficiency propane appliances can provide comfort while cutting your energy costs. Contact us to learn more!