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how a programmable thermostat can improve the performance of your HVAC system

Your thermostat may be a relatively small device but it makes a big difference in your comfort at home.

It can also make a big difference in how much money you spend on energy bills and HVAC maintenance over the years. If you’re looking for a way to save money, consider upgrading to a programmable home thermostat.

The benefits of a new HVAC thermostat can be substantial. The following information will help you better understand why now might be the right time to make the switch.



The Benefits of a Programmable Home Thermostat: What You Need to Know

Again, there are many reasons to change your thermostat. Doing so is often good for your wallet in the long run.

It’s also good for the planet. These points illustrate why:

Programmable Thermostats Optimize HVAC System Performance

An HVAC system is just like any other complicated piece of equipment: the more often you run it, the more wear-and-tear you put it through. That’s why you want to avoid running your system when doing so isn’t necessary. Although the potential lifespan of an HVAC system will vary from one model to another, the lifespan of any unit is greatly diminished if you run it too often.

At first, you’ll notice the system seems to break down more often (and earlier) than expected. Eventually, it will die sooner than expected, forcing you to pay for what should have been unnecessary AC repairs and replacement bills.

That’s less likely to be a problem when you switch to a programmable thermostat. As the name implies, this type of thermostat allows you to program it to turn on and off at certain times of the day. While you can always manually adjust it when you need, if your daily schedule is usually fairly consistent, setting it to adjust itself automatically saves you a lot of time and money. You’re less likely to forget to turn the HVAC system off when you’re leaving home if the thermostat is programmed to turn the system off automatically.

The long-term result? Less wear-and-tear on your system. That means less need for constant repairs. However, that’s not the only reason to make the switch.



A New Thermostat Can Lower Your Energy Bills

It’s probably easy to understand how a programmable thermostat can help you reduce energy bills. When it’s programmed to allow your HVAC to run only when it needs to, you’ll waste little energy.

This results in short-term utility savings. That said, it can also yield long-term benefits.

You already know running an HVAC system too often puts the unit under a lot of stress. This can eventually cause it to break down. Before it reaches that point, the system will start operating much less efficiently than it did when it was first installed. This is one of the early warning signs of an HVAC system that may need to be replaced sooner rather than later.

It’s also another problem you can avoid by switching to a new thermostat. Program the thermostat so your HVAC system is only operating when you want it to, and the system won’t be put under the kind of excess stress that can significantly reduce its overall efficiency.

It’s also worth noting that installing a new HVAC thermostat benefits the planet. You’re conserving a significant resource when you limit your energy usage. This is worth remembering if you’re looking for ways to be more eco-friendly.



A New Thermostat Makes it Easier to Enjoy Your Home

Saving money and saving the planet are two major reasons to upgrade your thermostat. That said, peace of mind is another benefit you shouldn’t overlook.

Imagine you’re heading on vacation. Maybe you’re in a rush, and after you’ve left home, you worry you may have forgotten to turn the air conditioner off. You’ll have a difficult time enjoying your vacation as much as you could if you’re constantly worrying about large energy bills.

That’s not an issue when you have a programmable thermostat. Although you would obviously save even more money if you adjusted the programming to ensure your system doesn’t run at all while you’re away, you can at least know the system won’t be running all day, every day during your trip.

A programmable thermostat also simply makes it easier to truly relax and enjoy yourself at home. After all, it’s no secret that owning and maintaining a home is a major responsibility. You have to handle many tasks, both big and small every single day to ensure your home is safe, comfortable, and not costing you more to maintain than it should.

A programmable thermostat does away with at least one of those tasks. Instead of trying to remember to adjust the thermostat every time you leave the house, and making sure all other occupants of the home remember to do the same, you can program your settings and allow the thermostat to take care of itself automatically.

You can also tailor your heating and cooling to your specific needs and lifestyle. For instance, perhaps during the week, you spend a good portion of most days at work. Thus, during that time, you typically wouldn’t need to run your HVAC system. On the other hand, maybe you spend more time at home on Saturdays. With a programmable thermostat, you can program the HVAC system to operate not only at specific times of day but during specific days of the week, making it even easier to stay comfortable and save money at home.



Easy A/C Can Help!

These are just a few reasons we at Easy A/C, serving homeowners throughout the Tampa Bay area, recommend switching to a new thermostat if you’re still using an old manual model. That said, a thermostat is just one component of an overall HVAC system.

Repairing or replacing your HVAC system may also help you save a lot of money in the long run. We can help by fixing your current unit or providing you with a new one. To learn more, call us at 813-COLD-AIR (813-295-3247), or contact us online.

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