Because your HVAC system represents an estimated 50 percent of your home energy usage, good management is a serious consideration as you endeavor to trim costs. The Chesapeake cooling season is especially significant because our cooling cost index is nearly 50 percent greater than the national average, but year-round cost containment can be achieved through the use of programmable thermostats.
Programmable Thermostats Maximize Home Performance
Energy experts recommend a household setpoint of 68 degrees for optimum system management and indoor comfort levels. Experts also note that adjustments maintained for at least eight hours provide up to 1 percent of energy savings per 1 degree of change. Control systems make it possible to orchestrate these changes automatically so that you don’t have to worry about forgetting to adjust your settings. Common programmable units include:
- Weekday and weekend programming – select a unit with separate programming options for the entire weekend, or choose a unit with independent Saturday and Sunday settings.
- All days the same – a simple programming approach allows those who experience minimal change in their routines to enjoy consistent performance results.
- All days different – the household with an unpredictable schedule can make adjustments based on each day’s unique comfort demands.
Smart Thermostats Offer Remote System Management
One of the most advantageous control systems on the market today is the smart thermostat. You can connect such a unit to your home Wi-Fi network so that you can access your controls from another room or from the office. You can also be a more informed energy consumer as you access weather reports and performance information from a wireless device or computer. Today’s smart thermostats also offer intuitive interfaces that are consistent with touchscreen technology.
Weather Makers can evaluate your current system controls to determine which programmable thermostats are most suitable for your existing HVAC equipment. We can also provide insight on system-specific controls if you are upgrading your entire home comfort system. Call us at 757-263-4869 for additional information.