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Programmable Thermostats


Have More Control Over Your Comfort

The first air conditioning units had two settings—on and off. Either the temperature inside the house was different from the temperature outside of it, or it wasn’t. Nowadays air conditioners generally come with a programmable thermostat that provides more control over the system, saves money on utilities and conserves energy.

Imagine an average weekday. You wake up in the morning, prepare for work, work, return home, unwind, go to bed, sleep and repeat the process. Most of this time is spent away from home, so why leave the air conditioner on the same setting all day? Why spend the money and the energy cooling or heating a space you won’t occupy? It’s akin to leaving the light on in an unoccupied room, but even more expensive.

More Control

A programmable thermostat lets you adapt the system to your schedule. During the warmer summer months, you can cool your house to a certain temperature during the morning, evening and overnight hours. This will make things more comfortable. But for the times you’re gone, you can program the thermostat to increase the temperature. This will help retain the desired coolness, but not at the expense of your bank account.

Savings in the Bank

With control like this, you can save about $100 a year and over $1,000 throughout the course of the air conditioner’s life. In addition, it will increase the durability of the air conditioner—a move that provides further returns on your investment. A lasting system is less expensive that those that require regular maintenance and replacement. But savings like these are only possible with units that include a programmable thermostat.

Conserving Energy

The control afforded by your thermostat also helps you save energy. Not only in terms of monetary savings, but also in terms of energy consumption and efficient use. Programming your system to cool only those spaces you regularly occupy will consume less energy with more efficiency—but not at the expense of your comfort! Such wise use will lengthen your system’s lifespan.

As common a feature as these thermostats are, recent technological and design developments offer customers more options. The most recent is the Wi-Fi thermostat—a new element that, like its predecessors, grants homeowners more control over their comfort. These new thermostats interface with local Wi-Fi networks and the internet at-large so that you can adjust your home’s temperature with a keystroke, a swipe or a tap on your laptop, tablet or smart phone.

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