There’s one thing that many of us have in common. We’re all continually trying to save money in different ways. Many don’t know it, but one of the easiest ways to save money is in the winter when you are heating your home. This might sounds contrary to what you might think, but when we use our heating systems the most, we are also provided with the most opportunities to reduce the amount they cost us to operate.
Thermostats & Heating Your Home
If you have an old mercury powered thermostat in your home here’s a word of advice, replace it. Replacing it with pretty much any other thermostat on the market can almost instantly start saving you money. These old thermostats were revolutionary in their time, but that time has passed.
Programmable and smart thermostats are now the way to go. A programmable thermostat can cost you around $100, while smart thermostats typically start around $250 and go up from there. This investment will save you money in the long run. Either of these types of thermostats allow you to control when your heating system turns on and off throughout the day and night.
Heating Your Home: An Empty Home
If your home is empty all day long there’s no need to keep it at a comfortable temperature. You can drastically reduce the temperature throughout the day, so your furnace only works to keep your pipes from freezing. When your family returns home from school and work your furnace can be programmed to turn back on just prior, so your home is at a nice comfortable temperature.
Heating Your Home While Sleeping
Most of us actually sleep better when the temperature is slightly cooler, so programming your furnace for a lower temperature while you’re sleeping will allow your home to cool down slightly.
Overall, using either a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat to reduce how much your furnace turns on is a great way to reduce the amount of energy it uses. When your furnace uses less energy your bills will be lower, and the wear and tear on your furnace will actually be much less. Even if you don’t have a new high-efficiency furnace, ensuring that it only runs when you need it to will save you hundreds of dollars.
If you aren’t sure which programmable or smart thermostat is right for your home contact one of our Phoenix Heating & Cooling technicians for help. We’ll explain the differences of each and proper install the one that’s best for your needs. For more information contact us at 647-243-3570.