The Benefits of Heating and Cooling Systems With Programmable Thermostats

heating and coolingWith the world now more conscious about pollution, global warming and the need to preserve the world’s natural resources than ever before, energy efficiency has become an extremely hot topic in the residential housing market. Energy efficiency refers to the amount of energy that is expended to bring about the desired result. Why is that relevant to heating and cooling systems though? Homeowners are constantly on the lookout for ways to heat and cool their home as efficiently as possible; in other words the goal we all share is to heat and cool our homes while consuming as little energy as possible.
AirPlus offers you the chance to utilize our 20 years of industry expertise to your advantage and we pride ourselves on educating our clients on ways in which they can save money while still meeting all their heating and cooling requirements. One of the ways this can be achieved is to have heating and cooling systems installed at your property that are controlled by a programmable thermostat.

Heating and Cooling Systems with Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Money

Are you aware that the energy used to heat and cool your home can amount to as much as 60% of your total annual energy consumption over the course of a year? This statistic goes a long way to explaining why homeowners are so eager to improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. As we mentioned a little earlier, the addition of a programmable thermostat to either of these systems can help you achieve that. Here’s how:
Set and Forget!
Adding a programmable thermostat to either your furnace or your air conditioning system is just like adding a brain — these devices will be able to follow commands that you issue. You know how you often fall asleep for hours with the central heating blazing away? The heat that is produced during this period most likely isn’t needed and the consumption of this additional energy can have a big impact upon the figure that appears on your energy bill. With a programmable thermostat this scenario becomes a thing of the past since your heating system (or cooling system) can be programmed to shut off after a certain time of the day. All you need to do is sit back and relax and the thermostat will make sure no energy is wasted.
Tailored to Your Schedule
How about tailoring your heating and cooling arrangements to your schedule? These systems don’t need to be turned on during the middle of the night — that would just be a waste of energy — but you might want your heating to come on for an hour in the morning to create a warm, toasty environment for you to wake up in. Reducing your use of heating and cooling systems can result in massive savings and a programmable thermostat can help you to achieve this. Simply by reducing the temperature of your home by a single degree, you can knock off 1% of your annual bill.

How to Maximise the Benefits Offered By Programmable Thermostats

  • Plan extended low-usage periods. By low-usage we are referring to a temperature level that results in significant energy savings.
  • Careful installation. Place your programmable thermostat on one of the interior walls of your property, out of reach of vents and ducts.
  • Stick to the plan. Most programmable thermostats will allow you to override the temperature settings you inputted into the system a set number of times. Doing so defeats the whole point of having a programmable thermostat though and raises energy bills, so avoid doing this.

Are All Programmable Thermostats the Same?

You will find that once you start doing some research into this area, there are in fact three main types of programmable thermostat, which are:

  • 7 Day Models – If you don’t have a fixed work schedule and each and every day is different, this type of thermostat is often ideal as it offers you a greater amount of flexibility to program heating and cooling settings on a day-to-day basis.
  • 5+2 Models – If your schedule remains constant throughout the week, a 5+2 model represents a good choice since it will allow you to plan a heating and cooling schedule for the week, and another one for the weekend.
  • 5+1+1 Models – Do your Saturdays and Sundays tend to be different from one another? A 5+1+1 programmable thermostat is typically chosen by those that have the same daily timetable throughout the week, but are at home at various different times during the weekend.

Programmable thermostats offer you greater control over your home heating and cooling, and when utilized properly can offer you significant benefits. AirPlus would be glad to help you select a model that meets your requirements before expertly installing it at your property if you are based in Toronto.

Contact AirPlus at (416) 298-6874 for further Heating and Cooling information.

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