By installing electronic programmable thermostats, homeowners can save money and energy. These devices work by enabling temperatures to be set beforehand based on whether or not the house will be occupied or if those in the house are asleep (when body temperatures lower naturally).
Automatic and Manual Settings
Manually overriding is also possible with electronic programmable thermostats, even with their capabilities of storing and repeating settings every day. This gives homeowners the choice of allowing the unit to work on its own, or if they so choose, the occupants can change the settings by hand to suit some particular circumstance.
For instance, with electronic programmable thermostats, if a house is normally vacant during the day, but something occurs in which occupants must be there, even though the thermostat has been previously programmed to not be on, the homeowner can override this by simply manually adjusting the thermometer. The programmable feature can then be reinstated at any time.
Better Accuracy and other New Features
The digital interfacing of electronic programmable thermostats allows much more accurate temperature control and presents a larger range of options and features than the old-style mercury-controlled thermostats. Because of their toxicity at the time of disposal, mercury thermostats are not even legally manufactured any longer in many areas of the United States.
Some of the benefits of electronic programmable thermostats include the option of settings that can be employed daily according to usage needs, settings that can be broken up to include the different needs for weekdays as opposed to weekends, and seven-day-a-week programming if different settings are needed for each individual day of the week.
Other special features of electronic programmable thermostats include being able to program them to turn off and on while a homeowner is on vacation, locking features to prevent unauthorized tampering, indicators to alert the homeowner that the battery is running low, monitors that display how long the system has been running for any specified period of time, automatic season sensors that cause the system to changeover from heating to cooling and vice versa, and even indicators that remind the user that it is time to change the filter on the system.
Savings Plus Incentives
Using electronic programmable thermostats not only can save homeowners money by lowering utility bills, many utility companies and governmental agencies are now offering monetary incentives to install the devices.
A savings of up to 10 percent each year can be reached by the simple changing of the thermostat to be 15 percent higher or lower than the typical comfort level for a minimum of eight hours per day. This could be easily accomplished while homeowners are away at work or during sleep times.
Electronic programmable thermostats are the current best solution for today’s heating and cooling system costs. If you don’t yet have one in your home, don’t delay in learning more about them. Not only will you save money in the long run by getting one, in the meantime, you could be losing money needlessly.