If your house is feeling too hot or too cold, you might be having heating and cooling problems. Heating and cooling your home accounts for about half of your homes energy bills, so it’s important to come up with ways to improve energy efficiency. Older thermostats can contribute to energy being wasted. Upgrading it will help reduce your bills. If you carefully monitor the temperature settings in your home, you’ll have better energy efficiency. Energy Star recommends a set point or 70 degrees or less in the warmer months and 78 degrees in the colder months. Adjustments should be made throughout the day for optimal energy conservation. The comfort needs of your family can all be taken into consideration and adjusted as needed. Older dial thermostats aren’t precise thermostats and cannot be programmed are tough to manage, as household activities and schedules fluctuate throughout the day. There are different thermostats to choose from and will all work differently depending on the features they have.
Features to Look for When Replacing & Upgrading Your Thermostat
1. Programmable Thermostat. You have the power to select run times at the setting you choose. There are weekday and weekend settings so when you’re away from the home you can set it to an away mode. It’s pretty much free of any monitoring after you have set it.
2. Choose where cooling and heating go. You can decide where to send cool or warm air. For example, if an area in your one room is colder than the rest of the house which is at a comfortable temperature, you won’t need to heat the whole house. You can also cool one specific room if it’s hotter than all the other ones. If you happen to have a thermostat that has this energy saving feature, you will save money on your energy bills. It doesn’t make much sense to heat a whole house if only parts of it are being used.
3. Humidity control. Being able to control humidity levels in your home is beneficial as different members of the family may need more or less moisture than others. This feature will allow everyone in your home to be comfortable.
4. Vacation mode. There is no economic reason to run a thermostat if you’ll be away on vacation. You can set up your thermostat settings temporarily for the days you’ll be gone. You can even program the thermostat to return your home to the desired temperature a few hours before you return from your trip.
5. Syncing with your system. There are different display screens to choose from. There are touch screens available if you fancy and you can even purchase thermostats that will sync up with tablets and/or smartphones. When the device is connected to the internet you’ll be able to control your thermostat from anywhere.