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How to Avoid Heating an Empty Home

Posted: December 14, 2015

Unoccupied living room

Posted: December 14, 2015
Posted by: Gerald Kuller, Home Comfort Manager

If you’re looking for a simple and user-friendly control to improve your comfort and cut your energy consumption by as much as 33%, we have a solution: install a programmable thermostat.

The average household spends thousands of dollars each year on energy bills, and half that money typically goes toward heating and cooling empty homes. In other words, you may be spending too much while wasting energy in the process. If your energy bills are overwhelming, a programmable thermostat is a great way to cut costs.

In general, programmable thermostats interact with the heating and cooling systems in your home. In the winter, programmable thermostats control your furnace or boiler to provide relief from freezing temperatures. Likewise, they work with central air conditioning units in the summer to keep you cool.

Some manufacturers include home automation functionality in Wi-Fi thermostats to help the thermostats communicate with popular smart home devices like cell phones. A connected smart lock can activate away mode when you lock the door; an IP camera can send you a video clip when someone adjusts the temperature; and a fitness tracker can send a signal to adjust the temperature while you are sleeping.

Programmable thermostats all have one thing in common: They let you schedule when to heat or cool your home. This feature allows the best programmable thermostats to reduce bills and extend the lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment. Motion sensors allow the unit to detect and react accordingly if you come home outside of your regular schedule. This is especially an advantage if you don’t plan to interact with your thermostat very often.

When choosing a thermostat, you should focus on your comfort level and how you want to improve energy efficiency in your home. Next, you should choose a thermostat with an easy-to-use design and reliable technical support.

Read more about the programmable thermostats we offer here and contact us, or call us at 888-607-2621 for more information.